The Washington Post on their online edition described North Korea as a "rogue" nation. Using their front page as editorial page to insult a people and a nation is typical of the press in general and the prowar, fawning over politicians, "voice for America" if you will Washington Post.
North Korea does not want to be destroyed by the U.S. Understanding full well American action during the Korean War (1950-1953) and its proclamation of the country as part of the "Axis of Evil" in Mr Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address, it is gravely concerned that its security is threatened.
Efforts to portray North Korea as isolated from the international community are incorrect. It has good relations with China and Russia (although not as close as during the Cold War). Its diplomatic corps, according to independent press reports, is quite skilled and adept. It displays diplomatic niceties to nations ranging from Iceland to Venezuela. New leaders receive congratulatory letters etc. Visiting scholars such as Professor Government Emeritus Robert A. Scalapino of the University of California, Berkeley and his party arrived there on July 4, 2006.
The D.P.R.K. for several years has attempted to establish direct bilateral negotiations with the United States. The latter has refused although it has been willing and is a party to the six-nation unilateral nuclear disarmament talks that have been off and on for almost a decade. These include China, Russia, D.P.R.K., South Korea, Japan and the U.S. My hunch is the U.S. does not wish to engage in direct talks with the North because it seeks no resolution of the conflict other than eventual disarmament of the D.P.R.K.
If the U.S. were to resolve its differences with the D.P.R.K. there might be increased pressure to reduce or eliminate its obscene and destablilising deployment of about 85,000 troops in Japan and South Korea. While they are there ostensibly to contain China, they are there to project American power in Northeast Asia; a region which the U.S. has little historical or legitimate geopolitical interests.
While it is regrettable that North Korea even needs missiles in a world wracked by war, it is not violating any international treaty that I am aware of and is not testing armed weapons that are a threat to any third country. The weapons do not carry explosive warheads and certainly are no threat to the United States.
Also, it is typical of the double standard that Israeli missiles fired into Palestinian civilian areas, knocking out electricity and even power in hospitals, is praised and honoured by the U.S. while the D.P.R.K. which occupies NO foreign country such as Israel and the U.S. and is NOT engaged in any war, is portrayed as reckless, Stalinist, "rogue," and "evil." I think the record of diplomatic and international behaviour between the D.P.R.K. and the U.S. would reveal a not unfavourable outcome in terms of North Korea being less a threat to international peace and security.
The firing of Scud missiles which are short range at best is at most a provocation and a lesson of what happens when the U.S. refuses to engage in serious, robust diplomacy with a nation with legitimate security interests. The U.S. wants to portray these missile tests as a threat to the region and not merely to America. However, unlike September 11, the days in which the international community shows concerns over American vital interests are over. Remarkably, a war in Iraq that was construed beforehand as effortless and righteous in replacing Saddam, has shown the world America's true colours. The world simply does not take seriously any longer U.S. concerns over international stability since it is the principle threat to global peace and security.