Tuesday, March 04, 2003
WHAT ARE THEY THINKING? North Korean jets shadow and use targeting radar to "lock on" a U.S. reconnaissance plane in international airpspace over the Sea of Japan/East Sea (more here); the DPRK suspends Kumgangsan bus tours from the South; and, this is of course after the DPRK welcome missile fired to celebrate Roh Moo-hyun's inauguration. I have often argued in months past that the DPRK feels insecure and worries that Bush will target North Korea once it has taken care of Iraq. However, if one felt insecure, it would seem more prudent to avoid provocation rather than foster it. I am not yet ready to jump on to the Kim Jong-il = Dr. Evil bandwagon but I confess I do find much of North Korean behavior to be inexplicable.