The Main Topic
North Korea has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction for the past 60 years. The development of weapons of mass destruction by North Korea posses a threat not only to the North East Asia but also to the entire world population. The development of weapons of mass destruction by North Korea is seen as a strategy for deterring threats and coercing its neighboring countries as result of its crisis (Bennett, 2012). Due to the exposure of threats occasioned by the development of weapons of mass destruction by North Korea, the United States and Republic of Korea has initiated a number of efforts to help deter the country from development and use of the nuclear weapons in wars. The article addresses various approaches that the United States and its allies can use to deter North Korea from developing and using weapons of mass destruction.
The Targeted Audience
The main audience that the author of the article targets are the military forces involved in deterring North Korea from developing and using weapons of mass destruction in wars. According to the article the main targeted audiences are the United States and the Republic of Korea military forces (Bennett, 2012). This is because the United States and Republic of Korea are the main countries who are leading in efforts to deter North Korea from developing and using weapons of mass destruction. The author gives the targeted audiences a clear understanding of North Korea, its nature and extent of its weapons of mass destruction as well as the possible approaches that can be used to deter the country from developing and using weapons of mass destructions.
Critique of the Article
In addressing various approaches that can be used in deterring North Korea from its interest towards the weapons of mass destruction, the article first identifies the situation in North Korea (Bennett, 2012). Evaluation of the situation within North Korea is appropriate since it help the United states and allied military forces to get due diligence of the country hence come up with an appropriate deterrent method to applied. Understanding of the enemy and its territory is a significant step towards ensuring a victory in war. Hence getting an understanding of the situation in North Korea will assists the military forces in making appropriate strategies to address the issue of weapons of mass destruction in the country.
In the assessment of the situation in North Korea, the article addresses various issues such as the magnitude of weapons of mass destruction in North Korea, potential uses of weapons of mass destruction by North Korea, its economy, the government and its ability and the effects of weapons of mass destruction on people. By addressing these issues the article is capable of achieving one of its objectives of ensuring that the United States and allied forces are aware and knowledgeable of all important factors that should be considered before taking appropriate deterrent approach. This makes the article to be more informative of the capability of North Korea and consequences of its use of the weapons.
The article discusses approaches that can be used in deterring North Korea from its nuclear ambition. The author gave various approaches that can be applied in the North Korean case as well as explain the consequences of each of the approaches. It also gives examples of some areas where the approaches have been used. This gives the audience details of the approaches, their advantages and disadvantages. This information regarding the approaches, advantages and disadvantages is useful and appropriate as it adds value to the article and makes it appropriate for the identification of an effective approach.
The main problem with the article is that it does not provide clear information of the level of weapons of mass destructions that North Korea possesses. This information could assist the United States and allied forces in developing an efficient deterrent approach. Infact the exact number of nuclear sites and location is lacking in the article. The article would have been more informative if it was able to give the exact locations and level of nuclear weapons at the disposal of North Korea to enable for an accurate deterrent approach. The article lacks a clear recommendation of the appropriate approach that can be used in deterring North Korea from using nuclear and biological weapons in wars hence makes it appear weak in providing solutions to the problem.
For future article on the approaches to be used to deter North Korea from using weapons of mass destruction on war, I would recommend that the article considers an adequate investigation on the level of weapons of mass destruction possessed by North Korea. It should also investigate on the location of sites of the weapons of mass destructions. The information will be useful in determining the appropriate and effective approach to be used to deter North Korea from using weapons of mass destruction.
Bennett, W.B. (2012). Deterring North Korea from Using WMD in Future Conflicts and Crises,
Strategic Studies Quarterly, 118-152
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