Evaluate the Responses of Different Global Actors to One Crisis Essay

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The 2013 North Korean Crisis saw a dramatic increase in regional tensions with North Korea invalidating the 1953 armistice agreement, cutting hot lines to Seoul and Washington, threatening to raze Seoul and strike U.S. targets, and closing the jointly operated industrial zone in Kaesong to nearly 500 South Korean workers. These actions were in response to an annual joint military exercise by South Korea and the United States, which included practice runs by U.S. B-52 bombers and nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers and F-22 stealth fighters — exercises that mimic nuclear strikes against the North and worry Beijing as well by giving concrete expression to the U.S. “pivot” to Asia. The West response was all but unanimous. Australia's Foreign minister, Bob Carr called on the UN Security Council to impose greater sanctions on North Korea in light of the threat of a nuclear strike against the US. Similarly, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said North Korea "should stop playing with fire", and the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary William Hague called the nuclear test a "violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874" and requested an immediate response from the Security Council. Despite the growing condemnation, it had little effect on North Korea with verbal exchanges with western powers a common place. However, this can be attributed to the lack of initiative on the part of Western powers to provide a concession to North Korea, a reward for deescalating tensions, which was a tactic widely employed by Kim Jong-Un. China, seen as North Korea's closest ally, sought to down play western concern of an armed conflict on the peninsula whilst maintaining the need for all parties to engage in meaningful dialogue. Hong Lei, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it was hoped that "the parties to work together to lobby and get a
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