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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 3:59 a.m. PST

BBC article: link

Map: link

I'm not surprised though. Many of those same countries said they would support an international embargo of Cuba for however long the Castro regime continued, but they immediately started looking for ways to patch things up with Cuba (or, at the very least, look the other way) the moment JFK died.

PS. As far as I know, of those only one has said they would not tolerate a regime change in North Korea, even if it meant war. So, even if Lil Kim's own generals took him on a one way helicopter ride, China would immediately be there to make sure North Korea continued to keep us distracted and yanking our chain every other week.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

Surprised by Great Britain.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 11:25 a.m. PST

Yes. I'm a little bit concerned and disappointed about that too.

Then again, is there anyone the UK has broken relations with that we continued to deal with? There's gotta be some, though not as volatile as NK of course. We all know that regime will use nukes and chemical weapons against us or our allies one day. It's not an IF, it's a WHEN.


David Manley19 Dec 2017 12:53 p.m. PST

"Surprised by Great Britain."

And the USA too. Who knew…..

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 1:09 p.m. PST

Very true. Surprises all around.

But is that the equivalent of saying that we'll let them talk but we have nothing more to say to them?

And I guess that for NK the war is still on, technically, and peace talks are still ongoing. :)


Outlaw Tor19 Dec 2017 1:31 p.m. PST

Not USA, as noted it's the UN mission. Map is inaccurate there, shows US but it's only UN territory in NY.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 1:34 p.m. PST

Thanks for clearing that up!


David Manley20 Dec 2017 2:17 a.m. PST

So here's the important bit….

"Western countries that host missions and remain in Pyongyang, such as Germany, see value in keeping diplomatic lines of communication open, believing diplomacy is the best solution for the Korea problem.

They can also provide an invaluable service: it was Swedish diplomats, for example, who were permitted access to American student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested in Pyongyang in 2016 and died shortly after his return to the US.

A former UK ambassador to Pyongyang argued that an embassy there was worthwhile, cost little and would be "in a good position to act as the international community's eyes and ears in a potentially volatile situation"."

Your friends keep a presence there so you don't have to – and so they can help you out when you need it. Rather than being disappointed you should be happy that nations work together to provide mutual support.

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