31 August 2017

South Africa: Can South Africa De-Escalate the Korean Peninsula Crisis?

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Korean People's Army vehicles on parade (file photo).
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In the wake of the North Korean missile fired into Japanese airspace - on the United Nation's commemorative "International Day Against Nuclear Tests" on August 29 - an emergency UN Security Council meeting was called over the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula. Repeated missile testing by North Korea this year, and reports indicating that it has weapons with the capacity to reach parts of the United States, mean that the threat is becoming more imminent. BY ADITI LALBAHADUR.

While South Africa appears far removed from the immediate fallout of a possible nuclear war in the Korean Peninsula, it will not be immune from the ensuing global fallout. As a country deeply integrated into the international community, one that takes a strong stance against nuclear weapons, South Africa ought to play a more proactive role in addressing this escalating crisis.

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