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North Korea: Life-Long Friend to the United States - 5 Cents
Posted by: Paul Nichols

03 Sep 2007


The news out of North Korea is that the United States will be taking it off the list of states that sponsor terrorism - a list it's been on for about 2 decades. I don't know what the United States'efforts have been to this end, but the end is encouraging for the US, which has not had a lot of diplomatic victories recently.

 

That being said, I wonder what role South Korea has played in all of this. I imagine it's a lot bigger than has been getting reported, since there have been virtually no reports (not that I'm paying that much attention). I recall that US relations with South Korea have been strained recently over issues that didn't seem that big to me. The US may even have prodded South Korea to take on a bigger role in international diplomacy to get North Korea to cooperate, or are playing the international news to make it seem that North Korea is taking the steps itself to international cooperation.

 

Anyway, cooperation is a good thing. The dismantling of North Korea's nuclear arsenal is a good thing, too. So now the "what if": What if North Korea and the US become friends, and what if US relations with China sour at some future date...I'll bet the US will be reintroducing some sort of strategic military and nuclear training to our good friends, the North Koreans.

 

Eh, what do I know.

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Category: Politics    

Reader Comments:

The Koreas
 
Yes - we'll be selling them weapons in no time, and just like a bunch of other countries, they could potentially be our enemy again in 30 years.

I've never seen the movie "Lord of War" but I think that's the one where Cage's motto is something like, "Every man, woman, and child should own a gun." Seems like the US takes that stance with other countries, selling aircraft and whatnot to barely-friend countries. Seems like a scary practice.
03 Sep 2007
Mark 
China
 
And today we find out the Chinese military is hacking computer networks, including ours. Wanna come over and play, North Korea?
04 Sep 2007
Paul 
N. Korea
 
Quoting from http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070907/pl_nm/apec_dc_31

"Bush said he was "optimistic" about the progress of the effort to convince North Korea to give up its weapons, but said there was still more work to be done."

News comes out that North Korea is giving up its nuclear program, then we get an article where we say we hope to convince them to do so. Some questions just aren't getting asked by the press or responded to by the president.
07 Sep 2007
Paul 

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