It's Impossible To Isolate DPRK - Political Analyst
We could try to isolate the DPRK, but it's impossible to do it entirely. Moreover, the leadership won't pay for outcome of this isolation. The people of North Korea will do it. This is an opinion of Lomonosov MSU Moscow School of Economics' professor Viktor Kuvaldin.
The United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley giving a speech in UNSC has proposed a number of acts which, in her opinion, could return Pyohgyang to negotiations and help to surrender the nuclear program. One of these acts, in particular, is a complete shutdown of all ties with North Korea by every nation, including diplomatic relations and military, science, technology and economic spheres.
Viktor Konovalov in an interview to «InfoRos» News Agency noticed that «the both ways of force pressure and politic isolation are erroneous. It's because of the fact which has been breaking to the surface over the last year: the DPRK is a nuclear power. Of course, nobody knows the exact amount of its nuclear rockets, nobody can determine their exact range capabilities, whether DPRK has international ballistic missiles which can reach the US' inland territories, I mean Los Angeles and even Washington. But the fact remains that the North Korea, whether you like it or not, is a nuclear nation and that's why worth the respective conversation. Here's the another circumstance which is very important too. In light of the country's regime and its behaviour, the DPRK is not an aggressive expansionary state and everybody understands that the nuclear shield is a survival device for very specific regime. Hence, the only right way of behaving is to persuade DPRK to come to the table and to start serious negotiations with it. To all appearances, the last missile test was an invitation from North Korea to these negotiations. The bottom line is that DPRK wants to hold an equal talks and nuclear power is their ace in the hole which, according to DPRK leadership's statements, is nuclear-capable and can reach mostly every point of the US' territory. It's right to recognize it as a negotiation position, not as a threat. Of course, we could try to isolate the DPRK, but it's impossible to do it entirely. Moreover, the government won't pay for outcome of this isolation. The people of North Korea will do it. However, I consider that this strategy is abortive and it won't give us the desired effect. The danger is on the surface and it is real»