Monday, February 26, 2007

Outside Pressures Snapped Korean Deadlock

Outside Pressures Snapped Korean Deadlock
NY Times 2/13/07 by David Sanger
….For Mr. Kim, the nuclear explosion – more of a fizzle – that he set off in the mountains not far from the Chinese border in October turned out to be a strategic mistake. The Chinese, who spent six decades protecting the Kim family dynasty, responded by cutting off his military aid, and helping Washington crack down on the banks that financed the Cognac-and-Mercedes lifestyle of the North Korean leadership. “As a political statement, that test was a red flare for everyone,” said Robert Galucci…

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