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Time's Battleland: Korea - Missile Launch Doesn’t Make NoKo’s Kim Jong-un a Dud

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There’s a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Jack David saying latest North Korean missile launch proves Kim Jong-un won’t be a reformer and that — basically — anyone who still believes that is a dupe.

That’s specious logic in the worst, narrow-minded national security way.

Read the entire post at Time's Battleland blog.

 

Reader Comments (7)

I agree with Tom Barnett. We have to see the whole picture, not just the rocket launch and the security aspect, but also the first moves to economic reform too.The same logic would be to say: China is raising its military budget, building its military muscle and testing antisatellite weapons--so they don´t make reforms. Everybody knows that this is not true and every China observer and China old hand wouldn´t analyze China in the way many expert do this with Northkorea.Accordng to this logic, Nixon should never have gone to Mao, as there were not even economic reforms in sight.

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRalf Ostner

I wonder if it would be practicable to liberate NorKo if we had the will (both US and international)

Would china oppose massively? we'd need a deal with SoKo to take all the refugees presumably.

Like an E / W germany re-unification but much more intense most likely.

This needs to happen though.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterc8to

Breaking News:

After Kim Youngun announced "radical reforms" in his New Year´s speech, Northkorea adopted a blueprint for action drafted by German experts.According to the new plan Northkorea shall follow the Vietnamese model to attract foreign investment in selected industries.

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/masterplan-mit-hilfe-deutscher-wissenschaftler-nordkorea-bereitet-baldige-oeffnung-der-wirtschaft-vor-12014602.html

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRalf Ostner

C8to:

The main difference between Germany and Korea is, that Northkorea has its own military and nuclear weapons, while East Germany hadn´t.The German reunification was decided in Moscow and Washington.If a Korean reunification is decided in Peking and Washington is the question....

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRalf Ostner

C8to:

The main difference between Germany and Korea is, that Northkorea has its own military and nuclear weapons, while East Germany hadn´t.The German reunification was decided in Moscow and Washington.If a Korean reunification is decided in Peking and Washington is the question....

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRalf Ostner

What we see in Northkorea now are the seeds of German foreign policy in the long term. When Bush jr. announced the Axis of Evil, we Germans resisted, rejected the Iraq war and opened an embassy in Northkorea.THrough the channels of "Geheimdiplomatie"/secret diplomacy we established the connections with Kim Youngun and drafted a blueprint for economic reform whch is getting now implemented by the Northkorean goverment.Germans have a lot of soft power--be it Luther, Marx or other German thinkers. It was a German thinker who drafted the blueprint for the "socialism of the 21st century"which Chavez imülemented in Venezuela. Now there is the Northkorean transition assisted by Germans and our Mercedes Benz of Think tanks , the Foundation for Policy and Science /Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) invited the Syrian opposition--secular and Muslimbrotherhood-to make a plan for Syria after Assad--"The day after".More of that.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRalf Ostner

What we see in Northkorea now are the seeds of German foreign policy in the long term. When Bush jr. announced the Axis of Evil, we Germans resisted, rejected the Iraq war and opened an embassy in Northkorea.THrough the channels of "Geheimdiplomatie"/secret diplomacy we established the connections with Kim Youngun and drafted a blueprint for economic reform whch is getting now implemented by the Northkorean goverment.Germans have a lot of soft power--be it Luther, Marx or other German thinkers. It was a German thinker who drafted the blueprint for the "socialism of the 21st century"which Chavez imülemented in Venezuela. Now there is the Northkorean transition assisted by Germans and our Mercedes Benz of Think tanks , the Foundation for Policy and Science /Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) invited the Syrian opposition--secular and Muslimbrotherhood-to make a plan for Syria after Assad--"The day after".More of that.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRalf Ostner

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