Thursday, February 10, 2005
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ABamaBlog Exclusive - Recent North Korean Behavior Explained: Chinese Pressure Unlikely to Succeed In Near Future

Kim Jong-il (AP)

According to the New York Times:

Driven by new evidence that North Korea may have begun selling nuclear materials around the world, President Bush sent an emissary last week to see President Hu Jintao of China and urge him to intensify diplomatic pressure on the North to give up its weapons program, according to senior American and Asian officials.

I have my doubts as to whether the Chinese will have much success here. You see, the Little Dictator recently received a briefing from his intelligence agency regarding an intercepted conversation between Chinese President Hu and Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi. In that conversation, Hu and Koizumi discussed the North Korean "heir issue." (Some background is here.)

Unfortunately, North Korean intelligence agents aren't the best translators in the world, and the title of the brief they delivered to the Dear Leader was "Hu and Koizumi Concerned about Dear Leader's Hair Issues." The Dear Leader was not at all happy with the foreign criticism of his coiffure, and many experts believe that his outrage may explain this.