Transmogrifier wrote:Sabre rattling? They have processed uranium, have made several new bombs this year--some say seven or so--and they have proven their willingness to sell/trade this material, as evidenced by sending some to Libya.
And Kim Jong Il could be intellectually bankrupt, as you said, but he's one crazy man... crazy. He is not a rational actor.
To ignore Korea is an enormous mistake.
Agreed, but I think they see this as their only bargaining chip in today's world, at least in their leader's unbalanced mind. I do believe he is for sale to the highest bidder and I don't forsee anyone outbidding the U.S. should they chose to send economic aid to N. Korea - not an easy thing to do given the relationship between the U.S. and S. Korea, but then what is the alternative - to bomb N. Korea back into the stone age? A delicate situation to be sure, but a workable one. (Ah, for the the good old days of the CIA executing foreign dictators).