Letter: North Korea is only building a deterrent

Last updated 12:00 27/02/2013

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OPINION: It's fortunate for the health of your editorial writers that the hysteria displayed towards North Korea's third nuclear test (Feb 18) wasn't aroused by American tests. The United States has conducted 1054 physical tests by official count, with a continuing programme of sub-critical tests to keep it's nuclear arsenal lethal.

The US has conducted about half the world's nuclear tests to produce thousands of warheads which, together with its massive conventional military forces, is a prime reason for North Korea to develop a deterrent. Nuclear weapons held by small nations are peace enhancing - no country attacks a nuclear power.

The danger is the excuse this gives Japan to go nuclear. It has a large nuclear industry, advanced rocketry, and a stockpile of uranium. If it breaks its Peace Constitution, as it might under Shinzo Abe, it could rapidly become a formidable nuclear weapons state, far more powerful than anything North Korea could attain.

That's what worries China (and many South Koreans). This can be avoided if the US talks peace with North Korea.

DON BORRIE

Chairman, NZ DPRK Society

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