North Korea shot a missile into the air, it fell to water in the Pacific Ocean. No one knows if the missile did what the North Koreans wanted or was it simply a ploy to get the entire world upset and willing to talk with the men of the north? The North Koreans say they shot the missile into the air in order to experiment with some satellite communication. Or is the failure simply an opportunity for North Korean leaders to proclaim to their people what went wrong actually went right?
Who knows what lurks in the hearts of the inscrutable men of the North. Sometimes, one wonders if it is all a gamel and they are having a ball getting the world terrified at their weapons. What if there were no weapons of mass destruction and it was all a farce?
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North Korea announced plans to fire a rocket which it claims is carrying a satellite and there are no weapons connected with it. A senior American military official says there is nothing to doubt the accuracy of the North Korean claim about their space launch. However, there is genuine concern and President Obama discussed the issue with President Medvedev of Russia and supposedly both agreed they did not want North Korea to be sending missiles into the air. Even the Chinese who are close to North Korea have some concerns. The issue is whether to have the Security Council impose sanctions on North Korea if it pursues its missile program. The flip side is would China support sanctions against an ally even if it does not agree completly with the the idea of satellites.
Hopefully, after the years of Bush confusion President Obama will work with Russia and China to develop an intelligent foreign policy program that reassures North Korea while working for peace and stability in Asia.
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Tagged China, North Korea, Russia, satellites, US
Prime Minister Taro Aso indicated he seeks to establish solid working relationships with the new Obama adminsitration, but he will have problems in achieving that goal. The Japanese prime minister had close working connections with Bush and is unclear as to whether Obama’s policies in Asia will be in line with his goals. Obama needs to focus on rebuilding the American economy, and Japan has enough of its own financial crisis to be of much assistance. Japan is still very much concerned about the kidnapping by North Korea of its citizens, but there is little likelihood this will be of much concern to the Obama administration. Obama wants to end North Korean nuclear programs and will undoubtedly make that his priority, which means he will regard lesser issues of no importance and will avoid dealing with them if they hamper achieving the goal of ending nuclear weapons in North Korea.
The Japanese government has displayed an inept approach to many issues such as the manner in which the history of WWII is taught in its schools which has resulted in anger by Chinese and Korean officials. It is time for Japan to confront issues of the past, put them to rest, and move ahead to focus on contemporary issues. Aso’s buddy, George Bush is history, so begin making history with Obama
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Tagged Aso, Japan, North Korea, nuclear
The lingering mystery as to the status of North Korean leader, Kim Jong il continues to confuse foreign policy experts. South Korean Intelligence sources believe the North Korean boss is recovering from surgery or a serious illness but there is no sign he lacks the ability to exert his control. The South Korean National Intelligence Service(NIS) told National Assembly sources there is no power vacuum. Unlike his father, Kim Jong il has not prepared any of his three sons to assume power in case of his death. Most likely, some form of military coalition leadership would assume control of the country and this most likely will result in not being able to engage in meaningful dialogue with the outside world for months to come.
The good news is South Korean military officials have not noticed any sign of movement by opposing North Korean soldiers and the border is calm. It is one of those wait and watch situations. Frankly, no one really knows what will happen.
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Tagged Kim Jong, North Korea, South Korea