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Summary: This article’s intent is to give a history of the Korean Peninsula’s conflict, a history of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the latest antagonism of that ambition, how missile defense plays a part in South Korea’s defense, and an attempt to hope for Korean reunification.
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About "South Korean Defense (INFO)"
The morning the National Speech and Debate Association released its Sept/Oct Public Forum resolution to the league, the Washington Post headlined: “North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons, U.S. analysts say.” The article claimed:
North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment. The new analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal. The U.S. calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts believe the number of bombs is much smaller. The findings are likely to deepen concerns about an evolving North Korean military threat that appears to be advancing far more rapidly than many experts had predicted. U.S. officials last month concluded that Pyongyang is also outpacing expectations in its effort to build an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking cities on the American mainland.
Nicely timed. The NSDA resolution makes South Korea the center of the Sept/Oct resolution: “Resolved: Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea’s best interest.” PRO teams will be tasked with promoting missile defense in South Korea, and CON teams tasked with opposing them.
This article’s intent is to give a history of the Korean Peninsula’s conflict, a history of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the latest antagonism of that ambition, how missile defense plays a part in South Korea’s defense, and an attempt to hope for Korean reunification. I suspect that the latter of this list is how the CON will position themselves against South Korea’s need for self-defense. Any which way, understanding the history and the status quo will empower students to create strong PRO and CON positions.
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