UN report in re North Korea

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    Feb 17, 2014 7:48 PM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/17/world/asia/north-korea-un-report/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
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    Feb 19, 2014 6:31 PM GMT
    I think most people were already aware of the horrors of the North Korean regime. The hard bit is what to do about it. Its leadership couldn't care less about being indicted for crimes against humanity. The country is already under very punitive economic sanctions. Its leadership has nuclear weapons and considerable conventional forces under its control.

    When it comes to exerting influence on N.Korea, China is the only real hope, but that country is not exactly an exemplar of good human rights governance and there is doubt as to how far it is able to control the N.Korean government.

    As technology makes the N.Korean people less isolated and less amenable to state propaganda, there will most likely be an uprising in N.Korea, but it may not happen for decades.
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    Feb 19, 2014 6:33 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidI think most people were already aware of the horrors of the North Korean regime. The hard bit is what to do about it. Its leadership couldn't care less about being indicted for crimes against humanity. The country is already under very punitive economic sanctions. Its leadership has nuclear weapons and considerable conventional forces under its control.

    When it comes to exerting influence on N.Korea, China is the only real hope, but that country is not exactly an exemplar of human rights and there is doubt as to just how much it is able to control the N.Korean government.

    As technology makes the N.Korean people less isolated and less amenable to state propaganda, there will most likely be an uprising in N.Korea, but it may not happen for decades.


    Pressure on China to step up is the answer.
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    Feb 19, 2014 7:54 PM GMT
    YourName2000 saidPersonally, I wish the world was bolder in situations like this. Waiting for China to act in this situation is not the answer. China has absolutely no motivation to 'reign in' an ally and trade partner that provides cover for China's own human rights abuses by being an even more egregious offender.


    Its motivation is similar to South Korea's. The fear that if there's an implosion in the government in North Korea all the refugees start flooding into both countries...

    Also, China has much larger global ambitions to be a world player / superpower... but it won't seen to be as such if it can't even control its protoges and close allies.