Bucknell Prof on North Korea's Rocket Launch: "This Is Not a Korean Problem, It is a Chinese and American Problem"
Source Newsroom: Bucknell University
Bucknell University's MacArthur Chair in East Asian Politics and Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science Zhiqun Zhu is available to discuss the implications of North Korea's rocket launch.
"The rocket launch is North Korea's unique way of crying for international attention. While the U.S., Japan and South Korea are frustrated that North Korea has not yet given up its nuclear program, North Korea is indignant that it is not treated fairly in international affairs."
"The North Korea problem reveals a deep rift between China and the United States in how to deal with this thorny issue. To a large extent, this is not a Korean problem, it is a Chinese and American problem."
"The rocket launch helps Kim Jong-un to consolidate power at home, which might be a good thing for North Korea. The young Kim, who studied in Switzerland as a teenager, has already demonstrated a different leadership style from his father. Instead of continuing to punish North Korea and to isolate its leaders, the international community should engage with Kim Jong-un, encourage his limited reform initiatives, and help shape the future of North Korea."
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