North Korea's Security Concerns
Within hours of the DPRK launching a ballistic missile last week, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee issued a statement
denouncing North Korea for continuing “to flout its obligations to the international community by testing these
missiles........ it’s completely unacceptable,” he says.
According to Wikipedia 27 countries have developed, and presumably tested, missiles. These are: Argentina, Australia,
Brazil, Canada, China, European joint-venture, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, North
Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and the
Apparently missile development is acceptable in 26 countries, but is unacceptable in only one.
This illogical stance ignores North Korea’s very genuine security concerns.
In the interest of peace in our Asian/Pacific region, these concerns should be recognised and steps taken to address
As a first step Minister Brownlee should authorise our MFAT personnel to visit North Korea and listen to these concerns
so that New Zealand can play an informed positive role in working to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula.