Saturday, April 29, 2017

North Korea sold fishing rights to advance it's missile defense. It is not likely to change course soon.

China might want to offer those fishing waters back in exchange for a dismantled nuclear missile program.

Sooner or later Un needs to value the joy his father had for the people of North Korea. Kim Jong il was always seeking to have the children put on celebratory programs. Un looks exactly like his father when younger.

There is a balance to sovereignty. The value of human life goes a long way with the five nuclear countries. I would think they would like to see Un value the lives of his people in a way that these powerful countries value them in preventing attacks.

Taking back those fishing rights in exchange for nuclear disarmament is a strong decision that benefits his people. It is not a point of weakness to put the country's people on the table to illustrate their power and their quality of life in preventing war due to "the value of life" that is within the international community decisions.

Valuing citizens is a real commodity in international negotiations. Most countries do not want war or to kill or be killed. Un needs to realize there are strengths in North Korea's people as well as his weapons.

April 30, 2017
By Kristy Needham

Just as signs emerged (click here) that cooperation between China and the United States on solving the North Korea problem may be fracturing, a ballistic missile was fired....

...But rather than providing unanimous support for the path forward, China and Russia rounded on the United States, demanding that it and South Korea stop massive military drills on the Korean Peninsula, and criticising the US move to install its controversial anti-missile shield, THAAD, in South Korea this week....

...South Korea's Foreign Minister, Yun Byung-se, in turn demanded an explanation of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the meeting, over US President Donald Trump's comment that he would make South Korea pay the $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) cost of installing THAAD.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported the Trump remark had been seen locally as a "slap in the face"of the US ally, which had agreed to host the controversial missile shield on the understanding that the US would pay....

China is North Korea's largest trading partner, but, not it's only trading partner. Below are 2014 numbers.

North Korea (click here) is the 119th largest export economy in the world. In 2015, North Korea exported $2.83B and imported $3.47B, resulting in a negative trade balance of $640M.

The top exports of North Korea are Coal Briquettes ($951M), Non-Knit Men's Coats ($169M), Non-Knit Men's Suits ($153M), Non-Knit Women's Coats ($131M) and Non-Knit Women's Suits ($97.1M), using the 1992 revision of the HS (Harmonized System) classification. Its top imports are Refined Petroleum ($186M), Synthetic Filament Yarn Woven Fabric($138M), Delivery Trucks ($108M), Soybean Oil ($104M) and Broadcasting Equipment ($59.2M).

The top export destinations of North Korea are China ($2.34B), India ($97.8M), Pakistan ($43.1M), Burkina Faso ($32.8M) and other Asia interests ($26.7M).

The top import origins are China ($2.95M), India ($108M), Russia ($78.2M), Thialand ($73.8M) and the Phillipines ($53.2M.
North Korea borders China, South Korea and Russia by land and Japan by sea.