Sunday, November 15, 2009


North Korea Watch: Here Comes the Sand

Last week's naval skirmish apparently hasn't disrupted North Korea's efforts to do business with the South, as this Yonhap News story indicates:

North Korean cargo ship discharged a load of sand in a South Korean port on Monday in the North's first commercial trip across the volatile inter-Korean maritime border since last week's naval skirmish.

The voyage of the 1,296-ton vessel Kumpit suggests Pyongyang's intent to carry on profitable inter-Korean business projects, treating them as a separate issue from military warnings toward the South.

North Korea has long been in the practice of playing two cards at once: One that makes them appear threatening and another that appears inviting. It appears that will not change.


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