DPRK Studies.Org: North Korea Delistment “Asinine”
Richardson, over at DPRK Studies, has analysis on a recent State Department announcement that the North meets the legal criteria to be de-listed from US state sponsors of terrorism list. Richardson notes that while the language used to describe the North’s terrorist activities has been somewhat toned down,
…the issues of ROK and Japanese abductions have not been resolved, and Pyongyang still harbors known terrorists.
The author concludes:
What makes this all the more asinine is that the Bush administration is apparently willing to appease North Korea with this gift (as North Korea did nothing to earn or deserve delisting) to achieve momentum in the Six-Party Talks, which is a false hope. The regime has placed much emphasis on becoming a member of the nuclear club, and negotiating away nuclear weapons would make Kim Jong-il appear weak to the general population, but more importantly to the military, which is his key to survival.
Check out the full article here.