October 06, 2004

In the Korean News

Writing about web page http://64.4.46.250/cgi-bin/linkrd?_lang=EN&lah=44cbc717006561d64f76a22d9d502d06&lat=1097057940&hm___action=http%3a%2f%2fenglish%2edonga%2ecom%2fsrv%2fservice%2ephp3%3fbicode%3d060000%26biid%3d2004100622368

I was going over how I would describe the NGO network for NKEs and checking the news for updates. Yesterday, the US House of Reps. passed the North Korean Human Rights Act 2004 (NKHRA 2004).
There have been virtually no official talks between NK and SK since the NKEs from Vietnam and it's not likely that NK will talk to anyone until after the November elections in the US. Smart move for them, I would say. It looks almost like the Bush administration is trying to brew up another war to make it though Nov.

I think the Act and US moves deserve brief mention in our paper. This and the SK reaction. SK government says that it will continue to renew diplomatic relations with NK while doing it's best to enforce the NKHRA. Either they are trying to be VERY clever or are stupid enough to let everyone know that they have no clue what to do.

This also got me thinking about the interests of the stakeholder states. It's in absolutely no ones interest for the NKEs to move anywhere. NK and China's appauling human rights record does however allow the US to put up a moral argument in their antagonism towards the two countries. In effect, it's in no one's interest, political or otherwise, to actually help these people? Am I seeing things that aren't there?


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