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North Korea: Nukes, Drugs, Counterfeit Goods, Smuggling… It’s All Good January 31, 2007

Posted by David in North-East Asia.
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In what I can only describe as a pathetically irresponsible move, the US is currently in talks with North Korea regarding their more-than-shady business dealings. The results from these particular meetings will, according to a January 31, 2007 Taipei Times article, determine “the duration of the nuclear discussions”, which are set to resume February 8, 2007.

In other words, Pyongyang will agree to chit-chat with the others if Washington releases their accounts in Macau, and allows the hermit state to resume making money from the various illegal activities, (mass drug production and sales, weapons proliferation, counterfeit goods and more) it once conducted almost completely unchecked.

No doubt the others involved (Japan, China, Russia, and South Korea) will be expected to do the same. All of this in the hopes that the “September 2005 pact where the North pledged to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for aid and security guarantees”, will come into effect.

I realize Russia and China will have no problem with this, but I doubt the US, Japan and South Korea will enjoy swallowing this pill. Especially when everyone knows North Korea will continue to develop its nuclear program despite the countless agreements and pacts.

So, why even hold the Six Party talks? Maybe all the states involved are using the forum as a way of “killing time” while they each come up with a strategy to handle regional co-existence, for the next hundred years.

What do you think?

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