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Friday, May 17, 2002



A New Angle on North Korea

From today's NY Times, "Diplomatic Problems Stall Japanese Food Aid to North Korea". Well, the problems are quite old. What is new is the Japanese diplomatic tactic: they are holding up badly-needed rice shipments until the North Koreans make some concessions on long-standing grievances. Not the sort of hardball that relief agencies have felt comfortable with in the past, but the Japanese seem to sense an opportunity. Yet another indication of the weakening position of the "axis of evil".
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