Wednesday, December 15, 2004

North Korea Threatens Japan

North Korea has threatened Japan with war if Japan imposes sanctions on North Korea. The Japanese are very upset that North Korea has apparently tried to scam the Japanese into accepting the falsified remains of a kidnapped Japanese citizen.

The BBC reports:

Pyongyang admitted in 2002 to abducting 13 Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 80s, who were to be used as cultural trainers for North Korean spies.

Five were allowed to return to Japan in 2002, while North Korea said the others had died or never entered the country.

North Korea has warned that it will regard any economic sanctions imposed by Japan in response to an ongoing kidnap row as a "declaration of war".

"If sanctions are applied against the DPRK (North Korea)... we will regard it as a declaration of war against our country and promptly react to the action by an effective physical method," a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency said.

The statement said North Korea would also reconsider taking part in six-nation talks on its nuclear programme if Tokyo halted aid shipments. The Japanese government said earlier this week that as a result of the abduction row, it would hold back half of the 250,000 tonnes of food aid it promised North Korea in May.

It consistently amazes me that North Korea relies on many of its so called enemies for food and other aid, yet tosses around threats and assorted provocations like they were candy. Even more amazing is that this transparent strategy of bad behavior followed by threats galore usually results in more aid for the North. Is ity any wonder they keep repeating this pattern of behavior?