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June 8, 2009
Just when you hoped North Korea would be reasonable…

Just when you (and a South Korean/North Korean expert) hoped North Korea would do something reasonable, it sentenced the two American journalists allegedly caught sneaking into North Korea to 12 years in prison. If this sentence stands, it is a clear a sign as the latest nuclear test that Pyongyang has no interest in coming back to the negotiating table. The Obama administration seems to have come to the same conclusion, and is attempting to find ways to interdict North Korean shipments of weapons — both to ensure that the DPRK doesn’t export its nuclear technology and to squeeze the most important source of dollars the regime has. This confrontation is going to get worse before it gets better.

– Nina Hachigian

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#3

all you people are`cat and dog abusers stay in your own f…king country

#2

Diplomacy with North Korea has always been nothing more than a shaking of unseen hands with the body of an Invisible Man (you do not know the full extent of what he will do next due to the lack of bodily substance to include facial expressions) or nothing more than a talking as to a Deaf Man (your lips may be moving but if he does not [care to] understand that your lips are indeed moving for a reason or that the language you speak is intended to communicate something of human rationality or that the human meaning you intend is for a purpose which yet does not matter to the one with whom you may be speaking (invisibly)…you surely idle your hours away with dewdrop minutes filled with all the music of
Chopin-ic ‘minute-waltz’ hopes which could ever possibly be derived from talking to the deaf or painting pictures to the blind (even diplomatically) and which last (musically) as long as one un-diplomatically passed minute) you will have indeed even so waltzed your way into a meaningless dialogue with obscurity which shall no doubt prove to be a pleasant picture of a sunrise for someone on a superficial level…if blindness, deafness and muteness of audibly applied ‘spirit-sight’ does not prevent that sight, those internal sounds, of even the merest passage of a minute’s passing ‘stream-particle’ through Time (as we understand it) concerning even the most describable parts of Creation…does not fully detach itself from the comprehension of that part of the mind which remains indescribable…which is what you have when you try to invite North Korea to any longlasting diplomatic minute-waltz when they have never–with any rational nation–truly, learned how to dance!

#1

Reasonable?

North Koreans don’t “do” Spinoza.

Nina Hachigian is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the co-author of “The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.” She has worked on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House and been a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in U.S.-China relations and great power relationships, multilateral institutions and U.S. foreign policy.

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