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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Wednesday, 21 April 2004

Kim goes home

The 'Dear Leader' is apparently training back to North Korea having completed his brief stay in Beijing. The BBC, quoting Xinhua, reports:

"Leaders of the two parties and the two countries, amid a cordial, friendly and candid atmosphere, briefed each other on their respective domestic conditions, and exchanged views and reached wide-ranging consensus on further developing the relations between the two parties and the two countries, international and regional situations and the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula."

The BBC also reports that, according to the South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo:

"Jiang Zemin told him the possibility of the US invading North Korea is very slim, indirectly suggesting he should change North Korea's tough line."

It seems Kim also seeks aid for his beleaguered country. Fair enough, I'm sure help would readily be given - but not, I hope, in the face of the pretty bellicose language the DPRK uses. Blackmail is not the way to go. I hope the gentle advice of Beijing is noted in Pyongyang.

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