April 29, 2014

Stop Pushing North Korea to Disarm

William Pesek, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

What Kim fears more than the 28,000 U.S. troops in the South is a loss of control over North Korean society. Isolated border-town factories run jointly with the South Koreans are one thing. Letting in mass quantities of iPhones, Justin Bieber CDs and Zara dresses is quite another. Imagine if Group of Seven nations suddenly moved to open trade links with the North. Why not allow the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to provide aid to Kim's impoverished masses, so long as they can verify it's not enriching corrupt officials in Pyongyang? These moves would scare the Dear Leader to death, at least initially.

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