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BAN KI-MOON SAYS NORTH KOREAN CRISIS HAS GONE TOO FAR BUT NO ONE WILL LISTEN TO HIM
April 2 2013
New York, NY – There was a time, early in this now months-long process, when the whole drama with North Korea really did seem like a joke. In fact through most of it the whole thing seemed like a joke because, put simply, North Korea doesn’t have the best of track records when it comes to actually following through on anything.
There is no evidence yet that that situation will change at all this time around. While the rhetoric has certainly been potent and extravagant, there has been little real action by the North suggesting that something of any real merit will actually happen.
Still, the continued state of the chatter has put a lot of people, people in the position to actually take action, on alert and that has itself increased the tension throughout the region. It is entirely possible that that increase itself will help to inspire, to spark, an actual conflict and if that happens, well, that could be bad. Luckily now Ban Ki-moon, the head of the United Nations, has finally stepped up and said something, though it isn’t anything anyone will listen to because he is South Korean and the head of the United Nations.
“Things must begin to calm down, there is no need for the DPRK to be on a collision course with the international community. Nuclear threats are not a game,” said Ban in a very serious statement.
It’s not clear if North Korea officials even heard the statement and if they did whether or not they would consider it anything.
Ban is from South Korea a country which of course is the target of most of the aggression.
“Ban is not saying anything that others have not already said. In fact I would say he is saying exactly what other people have said. I mean not in precisely the same words of course, like not the exact same words that other people have been saying, but the basic idea is certainly the same,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “Obviously he has a special interest in this issue not only because he is leading the UN but also because it is his country which will receive a great deal of the violence should a conflict break out. He has family and friends there, obviously he is a little more invested than he would be if it was happening somewhere else.”
U.S. officials, who are really the only ones whose statements matter, have backed up Ban’s plea.
“The problem here is of course that North Korea is angry at the United Nations and at South Korea. Ban represents both of those entities in about the most prominent way possible. Obviously he had to say something, it is his job and all, but I don’t know what kind of impact his saying anything will actually have. Nothing positive I can tell you,” continued Martinez. “In fact it may only make the North even angrier, if that’s possible. Actually I can’t tell if they even are angry or just nuts. It really is hard to tell with those guys. Hopefully whatever it is they listen to Ban, though that does seem pretty unlikely.”
It’s not clear if Ban regrets having wasted his breath like that.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent