STINK is the acronym of Stop Tyranny In North Korea, implying the worst thing happening everyday in the region and that you don’t like in literal sense, as well. STINKproject is the space for peace-loving people like you to speak out against the atrocity committed everyday routinely in North Korea.
According to UNCOI(United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in DPRK) report, there is a wide range of systematic human rights related violations in North Korea. The reality is beyond description.
This is why the level of danger about North Korea is no different from ISIS in Middle East. We cannot tolerate this.
We should try to help make North Koreans live as human beings in no time.
It really stinks, doesn't it?
Q. Why are North Korea and ISIS the greatest threats facing the US and the world (international community) today?
- The North Korean regime is entirely committed to proliferating WMD(Weapons of Mass Destruction) and conducting terrorist activities and deplorable atrocities. ISIS emerged as a terrorist organization, yet masquerades as a nation-state now. Although they are progressing towards opposite directions, the two share similar traits that make them the ultimate outposts of tyranny.
- North Korea hinders U.S efforts in managing stable US-China relations and destroys geopolitical balance of East Asia. ISIS aims to terrorize the world and perturb regional security in the Middle East.
Q. What is the true nature of ISIS and North Korea?
- Both North Korea and ISIS are retrogressing and waging war against human nature; they ruthlessly impose irrational and barbarous human behavior.
- North Korea is brainwashing its citizens through a pseudo religious frame, namely the Juche ideology in which leader Kim is the only God. ISIS coerces anachronistic principles of Caliphate to proselytize civilians in areas they conquer.
- Both trample on basic human rights of their citizens and use solicited funds to develop nuclear weapons, prepare for war (North Korea), and conduct terrorist attacks (ISIS).
- ISIS is actively recruiting FTF (Foreign Terrorist Fighters) via Internet and Social Media, while North Korea employs FTF (Foolish Tyrants Followers) to cover its sordid activities. Recent participants of ‘Women Cross DMZ’ serve as example of FTF.
Q. What are the military capacities of North Korea and ISIS?
- Currently, North Korea is in possession of 20 ~ 30 nuclear weapons, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with target range of 13,000km, and multiple middle-long range missiles. They have a large-scale munitions industry fully capable of developing their own nuclear weapons, missiles, and submarines. The size of regular armed forces is twice that of South Korea, totaling 1.2 million.
- The total number of ISIS ground forces is estimated at 50,000. They possess Scud missiles that they seized from the Syrian and Iraqi governments, but lack proper manufacturing capacity to produce their own weapons yet.
Q. How should we counter/cope with North Korea & ISIS issues?
- ISIS issue cannot be solved by only using military measures; it stemmed from nexus of Islamic denomination imbroglio, ethnic conflicts, and economic crisis. Thus an elaborate ideological battle must be waged on over long-term to successfully alleviate this situation.
- Whereas the North Korean problem is indeed exacerbating, its system durability is also rapidly deteriorating under the rookie leader Kim Jongeun, who is recklessly and impulsively using fear to cause rift in the elite class. The US and the international community must employ potent secondary boycott and adequate sanction measures to offset the North Korean regime’s pursuit of WMD proliferation & development and continued human rights violations, thereby expediting a regime change. Simultaneously, North Korea should be subversively engaged by providing citizens access to external information.
- The direction of US-North Korea relation will surely dictate whether the US can maintain or further enhance its leadership position in East Asia. In this regard, the next US administration should not succumb to a very tempting and provisional policy of appeasement, but rather place the power-struggle problem of North Korea at the crux of US foreign policy.