January 15, 2003
Why are we dancing to North Korea's tune ("There's a Method to Pyongyang's Madness," Jan. 11)? We should adapt a modification of the mutually assured destruction policy of the Cold War (with its proven effectiveness) into an "assured destruction" policy toward North Korea (and Iraq), meaning that any use of weapons of mass destruction will immediately result in our offshore submarines launching total destruction on their capitals. No need for huge, expensive military buildups and no need to maintain bases in hostile or potentially hostile countries.
March 7, 2003
Re "U.S. Said to Be Resigned to a Nuclear Korea," March 5: We rush to war with Iraq because we say it has weapons of mass destruction, but we have no credible evidence to prove it. We are resigned to allow North Korea to develop atomic weapons, touting our to-be-developed missile defense system to guard us, all the while knowing that any country that can get a missile here can easily outwit our defense. We are spending like crazy, bankrupting the country and enfeebling our police, firefighters, schools, medical care and cities.
September 18, 2004 |
Visiting North Korea is like peering in the window of a store that closed long ago but where old merchandise mysteriously remains. I walk through the aisles feeling privileged, fascinated and curious, a little nervous, but not scared. It is unlike any other place in the world. Communications and information technology most of the rest of the world takes for granted -- the Internet, cellphones, GPS systems -- are unavailable to civilians. North Korean-sanctioned news about Western nations often is characterized by violence and aggressive government actions.
January 31, 2009 |
North Korea's vow to abandon all peace agreements with Seoul drew a mild response from South Korea's president, who continued to express optimism that the rivals could hold negotiations soon. President Lee Myung-bak dismissed the North's claim that his government's tougher policies were pushing the divided peninsula toward armed conflict. "I hope North Korea understands that [South Korea] has affection toward the North, and I think that the two Koreas can hold negotiations before long," Lee said.
March 11, 2009 |
Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest maker of chips for mobile phones, said South Korea was looking into the lawfulness of some of its business practices. The Korea Fair Trade Commission issued a report looking at the inclusion of multimedia features in its chips and rebates and discounts for customers, the San Diego company said. Qualcomm said its actions were lawful.