Target: Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban-Ki Moon
Goal: Reprimand North Korea for launching a pair of missiles into the Sea of Japan.
North Korea threatened to further strain relations with the international community, as it recently fired a pair or ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, a direct provocation that was swiftly condemned by both the U.S. and South Korea. The two Koreas, still technically at war after a cease-fire ended formal military action, have long quarreled over territorial disputes and weapons development programs. North Korea has repeatedly attempted to design a nuclear missile, despite objections from South Korea and the entire international community. The most recent launch comes on the heels of an international standoff concerning the North’s previous nuclear tests.
This tactic is neither novel nor unprecedented. In repeated instances in the past, North Korea has used displays of aggression to force South Korea to recognize its demands. The recent nuclear tests resulted in sanctions from the United Nations, and the U.N. must maintain or intensify its punishment. Reversing a decision based on threats of violence sets a dangerous precedent. Sign the letter below to urge the U.N. not to give in to North Korea’s attempts to bully its neighbors.
North Korea’s recent missile launch is a dangerous provocation that could ignite a tense situation. As evidenced in past events, the North is a bully; it uses aggression and violence to intimidate its opponents, and in this instance, the launch is meant as response to U.N. sanctions imposed because of a nuclear missile test.
North Korea has repeatedly expressed a desire to attack the United States, and such behavior cannot be tolerated by a responsible international community. I urge you to maintain or even increase these sanctions, as relenting only validates their violent tactics.
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