Thursday, May 25, 2006

The benefits of nuclear proliferation

As with India and Pakistan, North Korea's relations with South Korea improved by the acquisition of nuclear weapons which relieved their fear of a ground war. The story in below article in today's New York Times would have been unthinkable only a few years ago.

May 25, 2006

In Deep South, North Koreans Find a Hot Market


TAEJON, South Korea — At the Pyongyang Moran Bar on a recent Friday evening, a large video screen showed uplifting images of rocky mountains and an open blue sky. A slogan appeared at the bottom: "Kim Jong Il, a man who comes along only once in a thousand years."

The North Korean waitresses wore traditional dresses in the bright colors that were fashionable in the South some years back. The singer's interpretation of "Whistle," a North Korean standard of the 1980's, was shaky and off-key. Service was bad and included at least one mild threat. Drinks were spilled, beer bottles left unopened and unpoured.

But the South Korean customers could not get enough of the Pyongyang Moran Bar...

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