Old 16th Jun 2016, 03:07
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We don't want to talk about Kaesong!

The Kaesong Industrial Region was the leading example of the South Koreans trying exactly what John bleats on about unceasingly: positive engagement. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaesong_Industrial_Region

Everything there went very well, the North Koreans proving to be the dependable trade partners John Hill tells us that they are. Sadly, this all came to a sudden end when George W. Bush ordered the Kaesong Industrial Region closed, thus restoring the status quo.

There is another version of reality: "On February 10, 2016, the South Korean Ministry of Unification announced that the industrial park would be 'temporarily' closed down and all staff recalled, partly in protest over continued North Korean provocations, including a satellite launch and a claimed hydrogen bomb test in January 2016. The next day, the North announced it was expelling all South Korean workers and said it will freeze all South Korean assets and equipment at the jointly run factory park." (Wikipedia)

So, South Korea tried exactly what John seems to want to see, when they lost about a billion US dollars and got exactly nowhere with the North Koreans. Those were serious multi-national corporations trying to operate in North Korea, not sleazeball losers doing a bit of low-risk bottom-feeding, what might really be meant by "positive engagement" here. Kaesong was a bold venture with obvious benefits to both sides, including access to low-wage labor for those South Korean capitalists. I suppose they gambled on the hard currency earnings accruing to the North being enough to ensure Northern adherence to what had been agreed on a government-to-government level, yet the North Koreans still killed Kaesong stone dead. They ended up with a nice meal of roast goose, but no more golden eggs.

If North Korea won't stick to such an agreement as that, what chances are there of North Korea being a truly dependable partner in normal trade? It looks as if whatever success John Hill can boast of there was very much the exception rather than the rule, so that "positive engagement" is just a beautiful vision for now.

One-off deals skirting legality, sure. If you don't mind the idea of yer man in North Korea possibly being grabbed and jugged, the next time that petulant little bag of suet who runs the place needs a high-level delegation being sent to kow-tow in exchange for his release, such deals are achievable.

If you do one such deal, be sure to send someone to work it whom nobody would ever miss; that way the Norks would know not to grab him.

Check this article from Cracked out: http://www.cracked.com/article_24034...mmates_p2.html

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