This Is Obviously Chris Hill’s Fault
The North Koreans have kicked out the International Atomic Energy Agency, insisted they’re going back to nuclear weapons and declared the six-party talks over because the United Nations was mean to them. No one is taking this as anything more than a temper tantrum. For instance:
“I’m sure North Korea thinks they can get a better deal from the Obama administration than the previous administration,” says Paik Jin-hyun, a professor of international relations at Seoul National University. He says North Korea’s ultimate goal is one it has had for a long time: the withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea and its own eventual control of the Korean peninsula.
Good luck with all that. Still, it’ll be fun to see how Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) ties this all to the alleged diplomatic perfidies of Chris Hill on Monday when the Senate takes up Hill’s nomination to be ambassador to Iraq.