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Feng
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Rinexe
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Resolved: North Korea poses a more serious threat to United States national security than Iran.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/5/2011 Category: Politics
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Feng

Pro

The debate will begin in Round 2.

I'd like to introduce myself as Feng, highschool debater.

This resolution is being featured currently for Public Forum debates and I'd like to do some practice here.

I'll be responsible for arguing the affirmative of the resolution.
Rinexe

Con

I am Rinexe, also a highschool debater. I also need a little practice after failing at National Qualifiers.

I'll be responsible for arguing the negation side of the resolution.
Debate Round No. 1
Feng

Pro

I'd like to first provide a brief roadmap of my argument by beginning with definitions for terms provided in the resolution, then moving on to the stating the weighing mechanism of the round, and finally backing up our affirmative position on this resolution with two contentions.

I stand as the affirmative today on the resolution: North Korea poses a more serious threat to the United States national security than Iran.

First, I'd like to go over definitions provided within the resolution.
-North Korea, I am defining as a "communist one-man dictatorship" that controls the nation of North Korea (CIA World Factbook)
-Threat, I am defining as "a thing likely to cause damage or danger" (Oxford Dictionary)
-United States national security, I am defining as a collective term that besets on both national defense and advantageous foreign relations for the protection and survival of the United States of America.
-Iran, I am defining as a "theocratic government" that controls the nation of Iran (CIA World Factbook)

The weighing mechanism I'd like to provide for this round is net benefits.

The two contentions I'd like to provide for our stance on the resolution are…
1. North Korea's One-Man Dictatorship and Succession
2. North Korea is causing an arms race with U.S. Ally, South Korea

In our first contention, I'd like to reason why North Korea's governing "One-Man Dictatorship" gives its nation a greater chance of threatening U.S. national security than Iran. I'll also be logically explaining why the weight of North Korea's succession of leadership would contribute to this chance.
Although the North Korean government labels itself as a socialist republic, the CIA considers it as a totalitarian state because its leader, Kim Jong-il, has total power upon all political decision. Because there is no law or check-and-balance system for Kim Jong-il to follow (something that Iran has), a drastic decision that would threaten our national security could be possible without his self acknowledging precautions. But as an ailing leader who's lived for over 70 years, he has enough knowledge to reason with risks before making decision. The transfer of power from Kim Jong-il to son, Kim Jong-un, will be problematic because the son could then make an extreme decision that could affect U.S. national security. Therefore the succession of North Korean leadership will amplify the chances of the nation's threat towards our national security.
The North Korean government has a greater chance of launching a nuclear strike on the U.S. than Iran, because unlike Iran - the North Korean leader has a greater chance of ignoring the risk of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).

In my second contention, I'd like to explain how North Korea is causing an arms race with South Korea and how it is relevant to U.S. national security.
At the moment, South Korea is the 12th largest economy in the world and a vital trade partner with the United States. Currently, North Korea has the fourth largest active army in the world according to statistics provided by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The constant fear of the communist North attacking the capitalist South has forced the Southern government to build up its own army to become the 6th largest active in the world. According to an evidence-based conjecture created by NYTimes writer, David Frum, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan have prepared themselves to be fully capable of making nuclear weapons. Therefore North Korea will not only create deadly conflict between South Korea, which will cause major loses in trade funds for U.S. national defense - but also have the U.S. risk losing 3 valuable allies in East Asia, causing disruption the U.S. National Security.

These two contentions prove that North Korea is an astronomically higher threat to U.S. National Security than Iran. The high chance of North Korea disrupting American National Security is why the affirmative should win this case.
Rinexe

Con

I am deeply sorry sir. I post this response from the library. I do no have any means of responses to any debate, so I have to forfeit. Deeply sorry.
Debate Round No. 2
Feng

Pro

Feng forfeited this round.
Rinexe

Con

Rinexe forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Feng

Pro

Feng forfeited this round.
Rinexe

Con

I am in fact back, so I shall now go ahead and forfeit.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Facawi 5 years ago
Facawi
Feng you need to work on your arguments. I could see five gaping holes in your two feeble contentions. I'm sorry that you didn't make it to Nats. Fortunately my partner and I are already in.
Posted by Adamant1 5 years ago
Adamant1
you realize that the voting period will never end. That's bad.
Posted by Adamant1 5 years ago
Adamant1
The voting period will last indefinitely. Fix and I will accept.
1 votes has been placed for this debate.
Vote Placed by Ragnar 3 years ago
Ragnar
FengRinexeTied
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Reasons for voting decision: Con attempted a concession in the final round, but at least he cared enough to be there.