No, it’s not China, for a change, but one of our best friends in Asia.imageHow much of Reliance Industries’ oil will end up in North Korea?Whenever the U.S. tries to box-in North Korea, China almost invariably refuses to play along. Beijing blocks or soft- pedals Washington-backed sanctions after Kim Jong-il‘s military dictatorship torpedoes a South Korean warship or tests another nuclear device. But it turns out that North Korea has another unexpected ally and surprisingly significant trading partner–India.Last year India exported roughly $1 billion to North Korea, up from an average of barely $100 million in the middle of the past decade, reports the Confederation of Indian Industry, a trade organization–most of that in refined petroleum products. The trade group says that North Korea’s exports to India were a minuscule $57 million, including silver and auto parts. South Korean trade figures suggest India’s exports are much lower.
via Look Who’s Helping North Korea – Forbes.com.
A grim report circulating in the Kremlin today written by Russia’s Northern Fleet is reporting that the United States has ordered a complete media blackout over North Korea’s torpedoing of the giant Deepwater Horizon oil platform owned by the World’s largest offshore drilling contractor Transocean that was built and financed by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., that has caused great loss of life, untold billions in economic damage to the South Korean economy, and an environmental catastrophe to the United States.Most important to understand about this latest attack by North Korea against its South Korean enemy is that under the existing “laws of war” it was a permissible action as they remain in a state of war against each other due to South Korea’s refusal to sign the 1953 Armistice ending the Korean War.
via US Orders Blackout Over North Korean Torpedoing Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig | EUTimes.net.
Media ignore the disasters, praying they will go away, but two effects of White House foreign policy are already on display this week. Traffic jams caused by Washington’s ballyhooed “Nuclear Summit” are missing two motorcades. It seems that Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have something better to do than meet with the Obama administration. Oh dear. Why are such important leaders uninterested? Mr. Brown’s parliament officially noted the Obama administration has killed the “special relationship” and Brown didn’t need any more DVDs; Mr. Netanyahu didn’t want to be sent home without dinner again. Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s Dear Leader, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran were simply too busy making nuclear weapons to take time out for any “Nuclear Summit.”
via From Russia with Love: Death in a Box » Publications » Family Security Matters.