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North Korea nuclear issue and Russia-US-China relations

P. 16-19.

The changing situation in Korean peninsula arises the question as to whether US, China and Russia could jointly find the adequate answer to the critical issues on N.Korea At the same time all countries should remain in the framework of legality and act only by UN decision. Further testing of nuclear weapons by DPRK is likely to invoke stronger sanctions but the consequences there are uncertain. What is certain, however, is that the status quo cannot be maintained in the long term, as long as North Korea keeps developing nuclear weapons. We can see several paradoxes of the present situation. The first one is that DPRK being a country with very low level of economic development and zero-influence to the world economy was able to galvanize the global alignment of forces and behave as a very important «enfant terrible». In spite of the common threat even today after awesome statements from US and N. Korea’s sides to completely destroy each other and "peace with honor" attitude and real threat of war, it didn’t give birth of the obvious anti-N. Korean alliance with common views to the decision of this situation. The long-lasting situation in Korean peninsula today turned to be a global issue with many actors and vague prospects.