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North Korea Please Stop the Nuclear Saber Rattling for the Sake of Humanity

5 Apr

In the 21st Century it is unacceptable to throw a tantrum by rattling nuclear weapons sabers.

It is time for every possible nonproliferation expert and international conflict resolution expert to come together to offer expert advice on how to turn down the temperature of the bizarre events happening in North Korea.

Why are North Korean Leaders Playing this Dangerous Game?

Whatever it takes, there needs to be an immediate effort to dialogue with North Korea.

President Obama Speaks at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies on Nuclear Disarmament March 26, 2012

Where are the Leaders Calling for Dialogue and Diplomacy for Nonproliferation Worldwide?

International Buddhist leader, Daisaku Ikeda, repeatedly in many annual peace proposals submitted to the United Nations over more than two decades, has called for concrete efforts on dialogue and diplomacy to reduce and abolish nuclear weapons. Here are links to his peace proposals that highlight the need for all world leaders and grass roots organizations to educate and move the world’s people and countries towards abolishing nuclear weapons together.

In Dr. Ikeda’s 2013 Peace Proposal:

Compassion, Wisdom and Courage: Building a Global Society of Peace and Creative Coexistence (2013)

On page 9 of the 2013 Peace Proposal, Daisaku Ikeda writes a section entitled:

Nuclear Weapons: the ultimate negation of the dignity of life

“Nuclear weapons do not distinguish between combatants and noncombatants; they destroy whole cities, killing vast numbers of people instantaneously. Their impact on the natural environment is severe, and the aftereffects of radiation exposure inflict long- term suffering on people. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki made evident the indescribably inhumane nature of these weapons.”

As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pointed out: “The possession of nuclear weapons by some encourages their acquisition by others. This leads to nuclear proliferation and the spread of the contagious doctrine of nuclear deterrence.” [31] Unless we confront the fundamental source of that contagion, moves to prevent proliferation will be neither convincing nor effective.

Dr. Ikeda’s mentor, Josei Toda, made an impassioned speech on September 8, 1957 urging young people in Japan and worldwide to dedicate themselves to ridding the world of nuclear weapons which are a terrible danger to global peace.

The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research established in honor of Josei Toda is dedicated to helping to foster a “Dialogue of Civilizations for Global Citizenship.”

The Nuclear Club of Nations is a Club that Should be Disbanded and Become Obsolete through Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

In Dr. Ikeda’s 2013 Peace Proposal he mentions that he is “encouraged by the following words from President Obama’s speech in Korea

“But I believe the United States has a unique responsibility to act– indeed, we have a moral obligation. I say this as President of the only nation ever to use nuclear weapons.”

This, of course, restates the conviction he first expressed in his April 2009 Prague speech. President Obama then went on to say:

“Most of all, I say it as a father, who wants my two young daughters to grow up in a world where everything they know and love can’t be instantly wiped out. “[Pres. Obama’s speech to Hankuk Univ., Seoul Korea 3/26/2012]

These words express a yearning for the world as it should be, a yearning that cannot be subsumed even after all political elements and security requirements have been taken fully into consideration. It is the statement of a single human being rising above the differences of national interest or ideological stance. Such a way of thinking can help us “untie” the Gordian Knot that has too long bound together the ideas of national security and nuclear weapons possession. [2013 Peace Proposal by Daisaku Ikeda]

Whatever the concerns of North Korea, it is unacceptable that any pleas for attention by its leaders should be made by challenging the world with threats of nuclear war. In the 21st Century in this interconnected world, we need to work together to create an environment of dialogue and diplomacy that will insure these types of appeals for attention are never used or considered.

However, according to Reuters April 1, 2013 article by Jack Kim, “South Korea vows fast response to North; US. positions destroyer”:

“North Korea stepped up its rhetoric in early March, when U.S. and South Korean forces began annual military drills that involved the flights of U.S. B-2 stealth bombers in a practice run, prompting the North to put its missile units on standby to fire at U.S. military bases in South Korea and in the Pacific.”

Was the joint U.S. – South Korean military exercise a major trigger for the recent inflammatory rhetoric from North Korea and its threat to use nuclear weapons? If so, then it is time for the world community to reflect on how better to work together as a global community to improve dialogue among nations.

In a world where several nations still possess nuclear weapons, we must use dialogue and diplomacy to address tensions first, especially when dealing with countries that want to prove how strong they are through flexing their nuclear muscles. It is time to create a world where it would be unthinkable to flex any nuclear muscle. The United States and other nuclear nations can begin by concretely taking steps to fully implement all articles of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In the mean time, the United Nations should help cooler heads prevail in the Korean Peninsula to lower the temperature and encourage calm and dialogue through all possible channels.