United States (Modern conflict with North Korea)

external image 189px-George-W-Bush.jpegGeorge Bush, the current President of the United States and commander-in-chief of the American armed forces.

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Bill Clinton, the forty-second President on the United States, and the president at the time that the Agreed Framework was accepted by the US and North Korea.

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Technology

The United States was the first country to develop the nuclear bomb, and the only nation to use it in an act of aggression. As the US is the premier nation in the world in scientific research, our technologies are sought by everyone, as they are the most advanced and effecient. Our nuclear research and power plants are desired by many other nations, North Korea being one of them. Our missile-deployment systems are also quite advanced, and we can launch inter-continental ballistic missiles that have the potential to hit virtually any target on the globe. Our army and other branches of the military are the most advanced in the world, and we the envy of all other peoples.

Conflict

As we are the only country in the world to ever use nuclear weapons against another, we feel the need to restrict the rights of other nations and prevent them from even possessing nuclear weapons. When we discovered that the North Korean government was storing away the nuclear waste from their power plants, we were apalled, since their plants' wastes are useful in nuclear bomb production. As a result, we threatened Korea to stop storing their nuclear fuels, and North Korea responded by threatening to secede from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In order to appease them, we made a pact, the Agreed Framework, and accepted the terms that we would provide North Korea with free gas, oil, and nuclear technology in exchange for their abandoment of the old power plants. However, we only did this since we thought their nation was unstable, and didn't follow through with our end of the deal.

Economy

Our economy is a free-enterprise, capitalist economy, with the majority of Gross Domestic Product being provided by private organizations and companies. However, a small percent of our GDP does consitute the government's role in the economy. The beauty of our economic system is that anyone can participate, and the public can profit off of it. Our government also does not interfere with the economy, so the people are free to do as they wish. Another benefit of our economy is the unregulated competition, which allows corporations to grow and expand, competing with each other to produce the best, most efficient, and cheapest products and services.

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1993: North Korea is threatening to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty! This is not good at all. There are already several nations on the globe that possess nuclear weapons, and we cannot have other countries trying to make them as well. If the number of nations to possess nuclear weapons increases, our international influence will decrease, as our nuclear arsenal is what gives us most of our influence. We will pressure the North Koreans through economic embargoes, and will gather support from other nations to do the same, in order to force North Korea to remain a member of the treaty.
1994: We have entered into negotiations with the North Koreans and aim to reach an understanding between their nation and ours. We have also created an Agreed Framework, an agreement between our two nations. Under our agreement, the North Koreans will stop producing energy at their old nuclear power plants, and we will help them build new reactors to replace their deactivated ones. In the meantime, we have agreed to provide them with oil and natural gas in amounts equivalent to the nuclear power lost, until their new reactors are completed. However, we only entered into this agreement because we believed that the North Korean government was unstable and would collapse, and were not planning on following through with all the terms.
2002: The North Koreans have withdrawn from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty without warning. They are no longer bound by the terms of the treaty and can openly begin nuclear weapons research. Their reasoning for seceding from the treaty is that we have not held up our end of the Agreed Framework. We must not allow them to continue, because they are on the verge of making a breakthrough and creating a nuclear weapon. They have also reactivated their old reactors and are using the wastes from those reactors to fuel their new weapons. This is a dangerous situation and could upset the balance in East Asia.

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North Korea: Hey, you Americans, we don't appreciate it that you guys are always trying to meddle in our affairs. We are a sovereign nation and not want all of you trying to mess with us. Why don't you just go mind your own business and leave us alone? Go away and leave us be. We don't need you to try and influence us and control us through your economic and political pressures. It's not fair that you guys have nuclear weapons, but you still won't allow us to try and develop them. You must lift your trade embargo, because it is severely hurting our economy and our people.

North Korea: Listen, United States. This issue is really getting out of hand and turning into a huge problem. We need to make a compromise that is fair to both parties and resolve this issue right away. Now, both your nation and our nation know that nuclear weapons are a very influential possession. The United States has immeasurable sway on the global stage, and a great part of that influence is due to nuclear weapons. We don't think it is fair that only a select few countries are allowed to have these tools. Just as no other nation in the world, other than yours, over a half century ago, has used nuclear weapons, we do not plan to do so either. But merely the possession of nuclear weapons is an important asset that we would like to gain. I think a fair compromise would be that you allow us to continue our research, in exchange for our promise that we will not use the nuclear weapons in aggression.
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