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When Does North Korea Get Re-Listed as a State Sponsor of Terrorism?

May 31st, 2013 - 1:00 am

And then there are the reports of North Korea expert and political scientist Bruce Bechtol, a former senior analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency, whose new book The Last Days of Kim Jong Il includes a full chapter on North Korea and Support for Terrorism.  Bechtol argues that “North Korea has shown throughout its history that it is intent on engaging in rogue behavior and providing support for terrorism.” At a seminar this week in Washington, at the Heritage Foundation, he charged — as this Chosun Ilbo account details — that among North Korea’s terrorist clients are Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Somalia’s al-Shabab, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and al Qaeda.

Apparently, none of that is sufficient to qualify for the U.S. list of terror-sponsoring states. Instead, the State Department’s latest country report on North Korea — which totals four short paragraphs — says that the DPRK “is not known to have sponsored any terrorist acts since the bombing of a Korean Airlines flight in 1987.”

Not that State is entirely happy with North Korea. The report notes that North Korea in 2012 was “not cooperating fully” with U.S. counterterrorism efforts, and in the matter of setting up infrastructure to fight money laundering and terrorism financing, North Korea “appeared to have made little meaningful progress…” (They’ve got to be kidding. This is on a par with professing disappointment that John Wayne Gacy failed to comply with local building codes).

Perhaps State is waiting for North Korea to come up with its own, dedicated, known international terrorist group — rather than relying on in-house talent to run networks selling training, munitions, and missile and nuclear technology to the stars. But surely North Korea has done more than enough for the world’s terrorist rackets to earn its own place on the list of state sponsors. Why not give Pyongyang its due?

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We ship arms and aid to Jihadi 'rebels' in other countries who behead and bomb....and we have a 'terrorist nation' list... LOLOLOL
1 year ago
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Until this "administration" gets past the micro-management of their prior micro-management of their scandals that hasn't worked, they can't even address foreign policy or rogue nations.
But then, Barracky boy could have a Commander in Chief spasm, and proclaim a "no fly zone" in Syria from the 13th hole at Royal Portrush in Ireland.
Congress is too busy telling you that you put too much cream and sugar in your in your diluted tea to address anything substantial.
1 year ago
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Maybe the term 'terrorist' is once again evolving back to its more traditional universal defintition. For awhile now, the term terrorist has been politically weighted to leverage for a polarizing effect. Today, the term terrorist can literally be applied as any person, group or national state that stands in opposition of...... or commits violent acts to......... North Korea today??
1 year ago
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All I know is that words, and word meanings, mean nothing to leftists. Words are mere confetti, and Truth is but an impediment. One that can be scaled by just .. saying the words that the uninformed and ideologically predisposed (like Zeke1, here) want to hear.

As for the "traditional universal definition" of terrorism, has it changed? Terrorism is the intentional, violent targeting of unarmed, unsuspecting workaday civilians (see 9/11) for the purpose of advancing a political or ideological agenda (see political Islam).
1 year ago
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Pick and choose your definition(s) anyway you like -- thats been the populist political and social thing for a few decades now and precisely what I elluded to. Whatever floats your boat yank.
1 year ago
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Nothing will change in the next 3+ years. It is the Obama Doctrine: Speak sweetly (while bowing deeply) and carry a big white feather (the better to hide a drone with).
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