North Korea and the U.S. — War or Peace?

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Interview with Hyun Lee and Gregory Elich

On Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear, host Brian Becker takes an in-depth look at the fundamentals of the virtual ‘state of war’ between the United State and North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea He is joined for the full hour by two members of the Korea Policy Institute and the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, Hyun Lee and Gregory Elich.

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Putting the Squeeze on North Korea

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Tensions have been escalating since North Korea’s launch of a satellite into orbit on December 12, 2012. Overwrought news reports termed the launch a “threat” and a “provocation,” while U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor called it “irresponsible behavior.” Punishment for North Korea was swift in coming.

North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong-3 was just one of 75 satellites that a variety of nations sent into space last year, but Pyongyang’s launch, and a failed launch earlier in the year on April 12, were the only ones singled out for condemnation. [1] In Western eyes, there was something uniquely threatening about the Kwangmyongsong-3 earth observation satellite, unlike the apparently more benign five military and three spy satellites the United States launched last year.

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