North Korea

North Korea May Be Calming Down as World, or at Least America, Stops Paying Attention

Latest rhetoric seen by some as less inflammatory and a sign the regime could be ready to talk


could you please speak into the microphone

North Korea says it won't talk until sanctions against its nuclear program are lifted and the U.S. and South Korea stop conducting military drills in the region, which according to some analysts could be a sign that the regime is ratcheting down its rhetoric (they've spent months threatening to attack South Korea and the United States) and may be ready to talk. On Monday, the regime celebrated the 101st anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founder in a lower key affair than previous years (last year they launched a missile). It was preceded with a visit to the region over the weekend by John Kerry. In Beijing he urged the Chinese government to put more pressure on North Korea. It responded by blaming increased regional tensions on President Obama's vaunted second term "Asia pivot." The arms industry expects significant growth in the exports of arms to the region this year and the U.S. has begun to boost its naval presence in places like Australia. Matthew Feeney noted in December how America's propensity for interventionism could drag into a dispute over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Meanwhile, the Global Post reports about fringe bloggers in South Korea suggesting the Boston Marathon bombing be used as a pre-text to take out Kim Jong Il, latching on to a conspiracy theory that has North Korea as the potential mastermind of the attack; the FBI hasn't identified any suspects yet.

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  1. Pay no attention to the land-line telephone. Look, we have a flat-screen TV!

    1. Landline? The damn thing isn’t even cordless.

      1. In my book, that’s a feature, not a bug.

        One of the best things about my tied-to-the-wall phone is it can’t follow me everywhere.

        1. I with you there. I don’t even have a cell phone. I don’t want people to be able to call me wherever I am. I keep thinking about getting a cheap perpaid phone for the 4 times a year I wish I had one, but still haven’t bothered.

  2. Stop giving attention and they’ll stop acting out.

    1. So, the United States has been meddling in the affairs of the peoples of the Korean Peninsula for over 140 years and it is NK that is “acting out”?

      1. Woah, woah, woah. If you’re barbaric enough to execute shipwrecked sailors who wash up on your shores, then you deserve to have your shithole razed to the ground by 19th century Leathernecks.

        1. HM, take a chill on the propaganda.

          Are you writing of the Sherman gunship which sailed into Korean territory, uninvited and armed with cannons?

          The Koreans warned them to turn around. You do know that crew members of the Sherman were sent ashore looking for food and other supplies and that they killed Koreans during the course of such raiding parties.

      2. I would say that NK “acted out” when they invaded South Korea

        (not saying I support US intervention in Korea or our current policies, but please don’t excuse the actions by the NK government)

        1. Cal-

          What, pray tell, did I excuse about the norksters?

          As to the North’s invasion of the South, are you arguing that the South was some kind of legit, indigenous formation and that the US had nothing to do with the creation of the autocratic regime?

          Make no mistake about it, the South was, for a long time, an autocratic hellhole itself.

          1. And it is not today, further are you trying to argue that North Korea is some kind of legit indigenous formation and not fully a creation of the Soviet Union/China

            1. No, but let’s not forget that we have no business being there and conducting war exercises just as we had no business committing all kinds of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the KP between 1945-53.

              1. Might be a shock but the US defended South Korea, it didn’t provoke anything. We do have business there. We have to protect our Allies, you know, SK, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, and a slew of others. This doesn’t even count our territories in the Pacific. Do you really think China wouldn’t invade Japan or NK do something inanely stupid like fire off more missiles or maybe invade SK if there was no US presence?

                1. I disagree with Silly ol’ Bear that US taxpayers should have any obligation to be forced to provide defense for any of those countries, but North Korea was responsible for countless war crimes and crimes against humanity, and ultimately responsible for the war itself. Your response to FDA’s post, and your subsequent posts have glossed over the historical actions of North Korea, regardless of what the USG has or hasn’t done

          2. “As to the North’s invasion of the South, are you arguing that the South was some kind of legit, indigenous formation and that the US had nothing to do with the creation of the autocratic regime?”

            No, but what does that have to do with the legitimacy of the North’s invasion? And South Korea’s regime was never as bad as the North’s and today the country is a (relatively) free, first-world country

  3. Don’t feed the troll.

    1. Thread winner.

  4. Sometimes man, you jsut have tor roll with it dude.

  5. One of the few “good things” about recent headlines in the US is that they reminded us what a real threat looks like. International terrorists, natural disasters and industrial accidents are far more dangerous than a dictator in a land far, far away.

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