Wednesday, May 13, 2009

U.S. journalists on trial in N. Korea

Source: Reuters
Looks like the two journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, will be put on trial on June 4th. A lot of people are saying that N. Korea will be using the two as bargaining chips to try to win concessions out of our government and President Obama regarding nuclear disarmament talks. Iran tested the water of our new administration and it looks like N. Korea will do the same. I'm not sure exactly what to think of it, but I'm inclined to feel that this all comes back to N. Korea dropping out of the nuclear talks and claiming to restart its plutonium-bomb making plants. I'm sure it is all interrelated and I'd agree with our defense secretary that "North Korea has effectively isolated itself internationally, even greater than was the case before, by some of this rhetoric."

As a side note, I find it thoroughly satisfying to read about a country that we get to study every other day. Although N. Korea's international relations are a bit strained and convoluted, it is a good experience to study the history and then go home and read about how such-and-such country is reacting or involved with world affairs. Solely from a students perspective, I am grateful for it.

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