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Post time 2012-12-12 20:41:39 |Display all floors
BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday said it has successfully sent a satellite into orbit.

Pyongyang proceeded with the launch despite concerns expressed by some countries, notably South Korea, Japan and the United States.

Like other nations, the DPRK has the right to conduct peaceful exploration of the outer space.

However, Pyongyang should also abide by relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 1874, which demands the DPRK not to conduct "any launch using ballistic missile technology" and urges it to "suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme."

Despite Pyongyang's repeated clarifications, the latest satellite launch was seen by South Korea, Japan and the United States as an attempt to test the DPRK's ballistic missile capabilities.

This testifies to a dangerous lack of trust between the DPRK and those countries.

For years, the situation on the peninsula seems to have entered a reinforcing loop of misunderstanding, mistrust and animosity. The only viable way begins with trust-building.

Under the highly-charged circumstances of the moment, all parties concerned should stay cool-headed and refrain from stoking the flames so as to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.

Additionally, in place of bellicose rhetoric and gestures, they need to take concrete actions to foster a conducive milieu for dialogue and return to the negotiating table as soon as possible.

In particular, genuine efforts should be made to resume the six-party talks, so far the most practical approach to reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

In international relations, as in life, the best way to make an enemy of a country is to treat it like one. This rule of thumb is also true with making friends.

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Post time 2012-12-12 21:18:23 |Display all floors
We have yet to see South Koreans, Americans or Japanese sink North Korean frigates, blow up North Korean civilian airliners, or fire artillery into North Korean territory. We don't hear South Korean state-run news threatening to turn Pyongyang into a "sea of fire."

Every time an olive branch of aid is offered with food or oil for North Korea, Pyongyang responds with an aggressive act, a missile launch, or a nuclear test to flex its muscle and try to squeeze more concessions out. Naturally, the US and South Korea don't respond well to threats and withdraw the olive branch. The worst South Korea and the Americans have done to increase tensions is hold military exercises together or send some propaganda across the border.

The tensions being built on the peninsula are fairly one-sided. If North Korea wants to be friends, then they need to stop acting like a spoiled child.

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