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Don't Go Wobbly On North Korea
Presidents Obama and Lee should suspend
the Six Party Talks
and focus on credible deterrence.
Presidents Barack Obama and Lee Myung-bak responded prudently and calmly to the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March. They focused their energies on a deliberate investigation to determine the cause of the sinking and avoiding speculation about North Korea's involvement or hypothetical discussions about retaliatory measures. But as evidence mounts that North Korea was behind the ship's sinking and the death of 46 sailors, what comes next? As Margaret Thatcher might have said, this is not the time for Washington nor Seoul to go wobbly.
Given North Korea's opaque totalitarian system, it is virtually impossible to determine why the attack took place. The most plausible explanation is that Kim Jong Il ordered retaliation for the drubbing that North Korean ships suffered when they provoked a November clash with South Korea's naval forces near the contested "Northern Limit Line" in the Yellow Sea. The Kim regime may want to demonstrate its grip on power, particularly amid failing attempts to craft a cult of personality for a power succession to his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, and media reports about internal instability in the wake of failed currency reforms. Pyongyang may have sought to distract the international community from its nuclear arsenal and discussions of reviving the Six Party Talks. Or perhaps Kim sought to punish South Korea for its demand that aid must be met with reciprocal steps at denuclearization.
None of these explanations are mutually exclusive and all would be consistent with past patterns of North Korean behavior. Yet this attack still stands out as potentially the most brazen premeditated attack on the South since the 1983 bombing of the South Korean cabinet in Rangoon. In that context, the U.S. and South Korea must together craft a resolute response.