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Answer N. Korea’s threat

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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

The North Korean People’s Army Supreme Commandhas recently stated thatit will scrap the armistice signed in 1953 with rival South Korea,and warned of the “final destruction” of South Korea. After North Korea was condemned by the United Nations for rocket launches, Pyongyang conducted three nuclear tests, in 2006, 2009 and 2013. The UN SecurityCouncil imposed sanctions after the first two nuclear tests and rocket launch in 2012, since all are considered part of the North Korean covert nuclear weapons andballistic missile programs.The latest sanctions resolution, adopted in January, again demanded that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program and cease missile launches.

In 1945, we had a strong president, Harry S. Truman, who made the final decision to dropa “new weapon of unusual destructive force” on Japan. On July 26, 1945, the Potsdam Declaration issued the warning to Japan: surrender or face “prompt and utter destruction.” But on July 29, Japan rejected the Potsdam Declaration demand for unconditional surrender, since it refused to dismantle the imperial military dictatorship and relinquish its wartime conquests.The resultwas the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan, on Aug. 6 and 9. On Aug. 14, Japan surrendered unconditionally, bringing an end to World War II.

North Korean relations with the United States have been strained for more than six decades. As no further United Nations sanctions will work, and the North Korean People’s Army Supreme Command has threatened the “final destruction” of SouthKorea, it is imperative that the United States, an ally of South Korea, issuean ultimatum to North Korea the second it rescinds the 1953 truce: Surrender unconditionally and dismantlethe military dictatorship and all nuclear and ballistic missile programs, or face prompt and utter nuclear destruction of Pyongyang by the United States.

Joseph N. Manago

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