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Monday, June 08, 2009

North Korea: Ratcheting Up

DPRK Studies blog: Tensions High and Rising offers an update on actions following North Korean words:
Ongoing KPA preparations indication North Korea is bracing for possible military confrontations on the west coast, perhaps along the Northern Limit Line (NLL). North Korea recently declared the 1953 armistice void, but has never recognized the NLL as a legal sea border.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is threatening to put the DPRK back on the "bad boy" list of state sponsors of terrorism:
"There's a process for it," said Clinton. "Obviously we would want to see recent evidence of their support for international terrorism."

The administration is also pushing for a UN Security Council resolution that would punish the country financially and give the international community the power to interdict suspect North Korean cargo, but Clinton acknowledged that some countries have "legitimate concerns" about targeting international shipments.

"We will do everything we can to both interdict it and prevent it and shut off their flow of money," Clinton said. "If we do not take significant and effective action against the North Koreans now, we'll spark an arms race in Northeast Asia. I don't think anybody wants to see that."
Madame Secretary, I would think that "evidence" is in the hands of your department and in the Obama administration. Though, I hasten to point out, the world is still, technically, at war with the DPRK, especially, I would assume, since they have rejected the armistice that called a halt to combat in the Korean War. I'm not sure how much "evidence" is needed to sway your lawyer's mind, but it my need for preponderance of proof is pretty much gone by now.

In case you need it, that's a map showing the Northern Limit Line nearby . . .

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