Friday, November 16, 2007

North Korean Gratuity?

From the "just-when-you-thought-you'd-heard-it-all" department, here comes a real gem:

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.)


Greg said...

Oh, LAS, typical right wing war-monger. Kim Jong Il wants to make nice, and you just kick sand in the poor guy's face.


But seriously, the North Koreans obviously got something in return, or were hoping to, by making this comment. Perhaps they are hoping not to be punished for the Syrian affair you mention.

A.C. McCloud said...

Sounds like an example of the diplomacy we've been told the Bush admin does not engage in.


LASunsett said...

//Oh, LAS, typical right wing war-monger.//

You know Greg, this is why i am glad you are around. To keep me honest with myself.


LASunsett said...

//Sounds like an example of the diplomacy we've been told the Bush admin does not engage in.//

(Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge) Say no more.