My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
For all of the hot rhetoric that has been flying around between the United States
and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea), I seriously doubt that either
the United States or the DPRK want to do something that would truly mean war. Yes, the DPRK in my
view is being nasty, menacing and provocative. Certainly launching a missile over Japan is nasty and
the Japanese have vowed to shoot any down that might be deemed a threat to Japan’s sovereignty.
This all said, I am not convinced that the DPRK is suicidal. Launching a missile with a nuclear war-
head would be suicidal. The U.S. launching a pre-emptive strike against North Korea would be pretty
much war and suicidal. A monster he may be, but Kim Jong-un wants to retain complete power
in the DPRK, and war is certainly something that will undermine that. So far, neither side has moved
into a direction where they truly, really want war that I can see. Can a war accidentally happen? That
is truly frightening and a real possibility. But the deliberate act of trying to start a war that will
cause massive destruction and loss of millions of lives I do not see on either the DPRK, America’s
or Japan’s agenda. Even United States or United Nations economic sanctions will not be a good
enough reason for a war that will go to the point of no return. All I see is a lot of screaming and
yelling. To truly choose the path of war and total destruction in a desperate attempt to win was
tried by Germany and Japan back in World War II, with truly global disastrous results for them and
so many other countries. That type of war with any luck will not be seen in our lifetimes.