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The Korea Problem

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December 14, 2011
The Korea Problem

At the time of Iraq's liberation in 2003, Saddam Hussein's regime had killed an estimated one-million people (Gerard 3). This, and the threat of "weapons of mass destruction" had warranted an invasion by a multinational military force. Now shift to a small country in Eastern Asia, south of China, located on the northern half of the Korean peninsula. This Korea is known the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), although in the international community it is colloquially referred to as North Korea. About the size of Missouri, it would surprise most people that this is where the fourth largest army in the world resides (U.S. Department of State). Like Hussein's Iraq, the North Korean's are rife with human rights violations. Since the mid-nineties, as a direct result of government policies, killed upwards of two-million people (Demrick 145). Currently a set of internment camps exist, reminiscent of concentration camps in Nazi Germany, holding at least 200,000 people. If that doesn't concern you, the fact that they have successfully developed nuclear weapons, and since then threatened to use them on South Korea and its ally, the United States. The DPRK has ignored time, and time again, United Nations Security Council Resolutions to cease its nuclear program (Pollack 154). The Democratic People's Republic of Korea policies of aggression against the free world should not be tolerated by the International Community. Basic human rights in North Korea are nonexistent. When an individual is convicted of a crime, the North Korean government tends to punish three generations of that family member. This means their children, their brothers/sisters, and their own parents (Demrick 174). Depending on the crime they are sent to political reeducation camps (Kwanliso), where many times it means the same as the capital punishment. The government reserves the right of capital punishment; however, the laws are very vague. For example,...

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