Thursday, June 18, 2009

What world MPs really make

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Despot dynamics: the dirty secret to survival

We'll know when the world has truly had enough of Kim's nuclear brinkmanship. The three steps to seriously disciplining North Korea? One is for Japan to take, another is for South Korea, and third is for China.

Japan would shut down the flow of hard currency that it allows its residents to send to North Korea.


Second, South Korea would shut down its trade with North Korea.


Third, China would cut off its trade with North Korea. This is the big one. Beijing is by far the biggest trading partner and biggest source of foreign exchange to Pyongyang.

by Peter Hartcher