Posted by: coastcontact | April 1, 2013

North Korea

A Congressional Research Service report dated April 12, 2012 offered this startling summary of food aid to North Korea.Between 1995 and 2008, the United States provided North Korea with over $1.3 billion in assistance: just over 50% for food aid and about 40% for energy assistance. Since early 2009, the United States has provided virtually no aid to North Korea. On February 29, 2012, after bilateral talks with the United States, North Korea announced a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear tests, and nuclear activities (including uranium enrichment) at its Yongbyon nuclear facilities. It also said it would allow international nuclear inspectors to return to North Korea. The United States announced it would provide North Korea with 240,000 metric tons (MT) of food aid. However, the so-called “Leap Day deal” unraveled after North Korea on April 13, 2012, launched, in defiance of United Nations resolutions, a rocket to place an “earth observation satellite” into orbit. U.S. officials say that during bilateral negotiations they warned their counterparts that any rocket launch using ballistic missile technology would jeopardize the agreement.”

If North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s threats to start a nuclear war are an attempt to get the world’s attention, he’s succeeded.  Will the United States offer more food aid and other assistance to bring his threats to a halt?  It is time we said “No” to his threats.  The consequences of the use of a nuclear weapon are horrifying but when do we stand up to a bully?  The time has come.

The wisest thing we can do right now is not be goaded by the bully.



  1. As usual a good posting. Do you find it as sad as I do, that its the poor people that live in N Korea that suffer from all of this. I read where in the rural areas they have found evidence of cannibalization, and also read that from the space station, the one place where its totally dark at night is North Korea. Its sad that in this day and age, a ‘monster’ is allowed to do as he pleases to the people that live there and now put them all in danger. If this ‘monster’ should choose to unleash any of the weapons, of course they will be destroyed by the backlash of their actions. These are just my thoughts

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