Monday, November 17, 2008

North Korea founder opposed nuclear weapons

I find North Korea (the DPRK) interesting. Not because I'm sympathetic with their ideology: to cite St. Paul in Gal. 1.13, they have "persecuted the church of God," as well as my loathing for totalitarians.

But when a country is branded as an official enemy of the US, my radar goes up. So should yours. Because the reality is that the US will allow virtually any atrocity from a country that proclaims their nominal alliance with the US. Since North Korea refuses to do this, they are stamped as our enemy, as is any country or regime that refuses to concede American hegemony.

This is an interesting take on North Korea. The country's government -- however evil -- is not monolithic.

"SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's late founder Kim Il Sung swore to Beijing in the 1960s that he opposed the development of nuclear weapons, a report said Monday, citing a newly declassified Chinese document.

In a letter Kim wrote to then-Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai in late October 1964, Kim — father of current leader Kim Jong Il — said North Korea supports banning nuclear weapons and would "unite with the peace-loving people around the world" to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency."

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