August 30, 2012

North Korea Smiles While Asia Feuds

Donald Kirk, Korea Times

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The North Koreans have got to love this one. The ruckus over Dokdo/Takeshima gets so much play in Korea and Japan that Koreans and Japanese tend to forget they’ve got a real enemy lurking somewhere over the 38th parallel. That would be North Korea, whose strategists may not know how to run their economy but are past masters at playing one side against another when it comes to dealing with their foes. Korea’s righteous wrath over Dokdo versus Japan’s indignant claims to Takeshima are so loud and shrill as to drown out concerns about what Kim Jong-un and Company is up to up there.

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