Sound and fury signifying nothing

Whilst the present situation in North Korea may seem alarming, it is unlikely to come to anything more than sabre rattling. Kim Jong-Un as a new leader is clearly eager to assert his authority domestically to prevent any potential instability, by presenting a strong facade to the world. By antagonising South Korea and the US, he demonstrates his ideological commitment to those inside the nation. Internationally, ironically the moves are intended to foster negotiation rather than conflict by forcing nations such as the US and China back to the negotiating table. Even attempts to acquire further nuclear technology and weaponry ought to be viewed as a defensive rather than aggressive posture, given the effect nuclear weapons had in keeping the Cold War cold. Hence, whilst certainly cause for concern, the bluster of North Korea ought to be taken with a grain of salt.

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