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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

North Korea is the self-destructive teen of the world family

What the hell?

(Reuters) North Korea threatens attack if ships searched

(AFP) N Korea warns of attack, says truce no longer valid

(AP) North Korea restarts nuclear plant

Probably the most unbelievable is the start of the AFP piece,
North Korea said Wednesday it was abandoning the truce that ended the Korean war and warned it could launch a military attack on the South, two days after testing an atomic bomb for the second time.

These over the top threats seem to be largely focused around keeping the world from searching N. Korean ships, which, of course, leads to the question why.

Is it because they want to ship something in or out, or is all the foot stomping because the ship searches are beginning to spread as news/rumor and beginning to undermine the tightly controlled internal image of the state? (or is there some other action that's not making the news.)

Frankly, I don't get it. I don't see the logical endgame. There has to be some (internal?) element we're not seeing.

(And where are the Chinese?)

Later: One more bit. I missed the announcement (yesterday?) that the South Koreans would be joining the 91 nation ship searching process in the aftermath of the last nuclear test. It's buried in this WaPo piece.

We're a long way from the Sunshine policy.

2 Comments:

  • N. Korea is famous for its outlandish statements.

    Of course, if true, that would be war.

    I have to wonder if N. Korea just stating the old agreement is no longer valid gives America and its allies the right to start preemptive military steps.

    I would think that if N. Korea was serious about a ground invasion of S. Korea, there would not be much we could do about it with their large army, except maybe massive carpet bombing, or field atomic weapons.

    By Blogger Time, at 10:03 AM  

  • Very true. That footstomping is what I was trying to capture in the post title.

    We should probably also add the internal politics where the leader had that stroke or whatever and disappeared from public view for so long before recently returning. Alot of this could be for internal power politics.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:08 AM  

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