The Libyan Experience and North Korea



One of the more notable things that transpired in Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on North Korean provocations was Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell’s embrace of the Libyan denuclearization outcome.  While it is entirely understandable that the US government is relieved that the Libyan meltdown is not occurring in a nuclear weapons state, somehow with the US openly discussing military intervention in the form of a no-fly zone, I can’t believe Pyongyang is reading the events in the same way.  One would think that any slight possibility that Kim Jong-il would negotiate away his nuclear weapons program has vanished amid the open talk of foreign military intervention to overthrow the Gaddafi regime. The announcement yesterday that ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is opening an investigation into Gaddafi, three of his sons, and four of his aides for human rights abuses, is a reminder that in December, following both the sinking of the Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, the ICC launched a war crimes investigation aimed at the Kim regime.

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