All citizens concerned with the civil right of peace should be concerned with our shortsighted policy in North Korea.
North Korea’s leader – Kim Jong Un – has conducted ballistic missile tests and said his scientists are working on a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States even though the United Nations prohibits the country from having either ballistic missiles or a nuclear weapons program. Two months ago the U.S. and 40 other countries boycotted talks of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The talks were supported by 120 countries, and 2,500 scientists signed a document supporting a treaty.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Healy correctly stated that the treaty was problematic considering North Korea’s behavior. However, we have yet to come to a conclusion that the North Korea problem is related to the nuclear weapons problem. There would be no rouge state armed with them if they didn’t exist.
On North Korea, President Donald Trump has used tools such as tough talk and support and non-support for diplomacy. He has ignored the framework developed by former Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) that would have provided the state with a way to end the Korean War providing it dismantled its nuclear program.
Once we arrive at a successful diplomatic conclusion on North Korea, the U.S. should work toward a U.N. treaty banning all nuclear weapons. We should want the same thing President Ronald Reagan wanted: the “total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.”
Jason Sibert, Peace Economy Project, St. Louis