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QuentinCooper
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Resolved, the United States should engage North Korea in response to their missile launch.

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Started: 1/14/2013 Category: Politics
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QuentinCooper

Pro

This is in respect to the missile that was launched, "capable of reaching Israel and the United States."

So, lets start off with what this means. Simply put, North Korea has launched a missile that is capable of reaching the United States and it's strongest allies. Should we engage North Korea as a response and stop further missile launches? Yes.

For one, the missile launches are a growing threat.

Bill Gertz, of the Washington Free Beacon, says in Dec. of 2012-

North Korea"s successful test firing of a long-range missile on Tuesday is a major step in Pyongyang"s ability to hit U.S. cities with nuclear-tipped missiles fired from hard-to-find mobile launchers, U.S. officials and private specialists said.

"This test has important implications for North Korea"s other missile program"its mobile ICBM that can hit the United States," said a U.S. intelligence official.

So, the con side is advocating sitting back and watching North Korea launch practice missiles, that will one day soon be real, nuclear tipped missiles heading straight for us. This is obviously not what we want as a nation.

Now, moving on to my second point being, North Korea has gone back on their word of denuclearization

Steinbock, who is the Director of International Business at India China and American Institute says in Jan. of 2013-

The talks over North Korea"s nuclear weapons program have been lingering since they were initiated by the Clinton Administration in the early 1990s. After the George W. Bush presidency and the first term of the Obama Administration, the negotiations have shifted from mainly bilateral to the multilateral Six-Party Talks. The latter include all parties " the United States, China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and Russia " that have a vital historical economic, political or strategic stake in the region.

In Washington, the optimists have seen the Six-Party Talks as a nucleus of an emerging security framework in East Asia, while the pessimists have regarded the talks as counter-productive appeasement. Some key agreements have been reached for aid and recognition to North Korea, in exchange for denuclearization. However, enforcement has proved challenging. Unfortunately, talks have been suspended since 2009.

Yet another reason why the United States should stop leading from behind when it comes to North Korea- They have gone back on the word to us and 4 other large countries. This could eventually lead to a multilateral engagement.

So, because of the facts that North Korea has gone back on their word of denuclearization, and they are to the point that they may be able to target and hit the United States or it's allies with nuclear weapons, that I must kindly urge you to vote pro when looking at the resolution stated, "Resolved, the United States should engage North Korea in response to their missile launch."

Thank you.
Imalittlepanda

Con

Hello Quentin Cooper,

Thank you for the topic.
North Korea's actions have had many of us concerned for quite a while now, and there is always debate about what to do about their actions.

Before we begin, I'd like to have one thing clarified:
What is your definition of "engage"? Which actions would be included, and which would not?

I look forward to hearing your opinions on this matter, as well as anyone else who comments.
Debate Round No. 1
QuentinCooper

Pro

"engage" in my terms is step in politically and tell them the consequences if they continue, and then if that doesn't work, militarily.
Imalittlepanda

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
QuentinCooper

Pro

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Imalittlepanda

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
QuentinCooper

Pro

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Imalittlepanda

Con

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