Summary Of David Ignatius's North Korea Our Next Big Worry

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David Ignatius’s article “North Korea, Our Next Big Worry” uses an argumentative and expository writing strategy to convey the importance of Americans being aware of the issues with a nuclear North Korea. This objective is strengthened by the author’s concerned and informative tone. Ignatius’s audience is broad as his article is directed towards Americans, voters in America, and people around the world. With the use of a clear and logical pattern of organization, argumentative appeals, and a broad array of reasoning methods, Ignatius effectively exposes the critical problem with North Korea having nuclear weapons and discusses the actions that should be taken to resolve or reduce these issues.
Using an argumentative and expository writing
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These ideas are developed with secondary concepts, examples, statistics, and/or statements from knowledgeable officials. When including a secondary idea, he further expands on it and backs it up with commentary and facts. Compared to the secondary ideas, the major ideas are much broader. Although there is a hint of bias, providing evidence makes his main ideas come across as logical and reasonable. Ignatius successfully applies these methods of organization and development when discussing what the U.S. and Seoul should do to combat the issues with North Korea and its nuclear weapons. He also effectively uses the introductory and conclusion paragraphs. In the introductory paragraph, he introduces the main idea and sets the tone. In the conclusion paragraph, he ties the problem with North Korea back to the presidential election and how this issue could be a very big problem for the next president, South Korea, and really, the world as a …show more content…
In turn, “the next American president will have to decide what to do about” the issue with North Korea. Rational appeals allow the audience to understand how it is not logical for North Korea to get nuclear weapons and the dangers a nuclear North Korea presents. Both South Korean and American officials fear that Kim Jong-un is rapidly trying to obtain “nuclear weapons and missile capability to attack his neighbors, and also the United States.” However, with the “installation of the U.S. THAAD missile-defense system” it would be easier to “[deter] the North militarily,” which could also affect North Korea’s ability to obtain nuclear weapons and attack. Emotional appeals, especially with the use of powerful, negative diction, evoke a sense of fear and concern in the audience. Ignatius includes how South Korean officials use phrases such as, “existential threat,” “imminent danger,” and “dagger at the throat” to describe the issues with North Korea. Ethical appeals allow the audience to understand how and why it is morally wrong for North Korea to have nuclear weapons. Given enough access and funds for nuclear weapons, North Korea could harm many people around the world,

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