In an extremely rare public expression, North Korea officially thanked the United States for helping the crew of a North Korean cargo ship hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast late last month, describing the rescue as a symbol of Washington-Pyongyang rapprochement.
Then we read:
This case serves as a symbol of the DPRK [North Korea]-U.S. cooperation in the struggle against terrorism," the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
Just between you and me, I don't think we'll be sipping cognac and swapping spit with Kim Jong-il, anytime soon. To say they are cooperating with the U.S. in the fight against terrorism, after getting caught with supplying a Syrian (a known sponsor of terror) operation to build a nuclear development facility, doesn't exactly fit in with the characteristics of an ally.
Unless, there's a hidden deal somewhere, whereby we gave them an out. By this I mean, entering into a covert agreement for the specific purpose of destroying their material (after sending it to Syria).
(Never mind, just thinking out loud, as I often do. Forget I said anything.)