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Nonetheless, many of the treaties signed were short lived as development of nuclear weapons is still prominent. Applying economic pressure blocking their exports, deterring the use of the
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3 weapons is an attempt at bring them to negotiation. Ideally, through the liberalist approach, North korea signing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty or coming to negotiation would lessen and resolve the nuclear weapon issue. Constructivism as noted in Mingst (2016) “Is an alternative international relation theory that hypothesizes how ideas and norms, and institutions shape state identity and interests” (p.92). Constructivist therefore look to the nature of a state as well as concepts like sovereignty, identity and citizenships. The way in which a state acts is shaped by what the elite believes, identities and social norms. What this means is rather than international relations beings consequences of human nature or characteristics of politics they are more historically and socially constructed. Thus, constructivist tend to focus more on inter-subject beliefs which are concepts, ideas and assumptions that people share (Mingst, 2016). Many of North Korea's policies on nuclear weapons are impacted by the perception of identities, roles and images of the nation. Policies in North Korea are those what best promote their image of a self-reliant nation. The identities of both the United States and North Korea as well as their interaction with one another is what has lead them both to acquire and dissuade nuclear weapons. North korea’s ideology is Juche , to maintain its independence through self-reliance, which can be seen as a basis for the development of their nuclear policy ( Democratic People's Republic of Korea_Juche Korea , 2017). Their withdrawal from the Nuclear NonProliferation treaty in 1994 can be seen as a way in which North Korea reconstructed its identity. The Kim dynasty and the status of their bloodline is what defines North Korea. Current rhetoric from President Trump involves threats of military action as a response to North Korea testing missiles. Though North Korea has overlooked these statements as the united states prefers a more diplomatic solution. It is important to note though that such statements may provide insight of the United States military actions. Conveying the seriousness of how the United States could possible respond to North Korean actions is very critical (Lee, Meyers, Abrahamian, Son, & Carlin, 2017). For a constructivist, the identity of an actor is very important. Though reconstruction of human rights
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  • Fall '15
  • borak
  • Nuclear weapon, International Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Nuclear disarmament

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