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Monday, June 26, 2006

Did Kim Jong-Ill [sic] Secretly Visit Russia?

Kommersant, among others, is reporting that while on the brink of a nuclear confrontation with the United States North Korean maniac Kim Jong-Ill [sic] is the process of a secret visit to Russia for a meeting with his pal Vlad "the Impaler" Putin, claiming this is a photograph of the tin-pot in Vladivostok en route. According to Kommersant:

South Korean newspaper Choson ilbo yesterday reported that Kim Jong-il’s special armored train crossed the border of Russia. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and frontier and railway administration said they don’t know anything about Kim Jong-il’s arrival. Experts believe the visit is quite likely, especially because North Korean leader has urgent problems to discuss with the Kremlin. Choson ilbo informed that several witnesses saw Kim Jong-il’s special armored train cross Russian border. The date was not specified. Foreign Affairs Ministries of Russia and South Korea said they have no information concerning Kim Jong-il’s visit to Russia.Foreign Affairs Ministry of China and US Department of State refrained from giving comments. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said that Japanese government is now clearing up the situation. Press Secretary of Far East Railroad’s Vladivostok branch Alexander Artamonov stated that his “department does not have any information on North Korean leader’s trips to Russia.”However, when Kim Jong-il first visited Russia in summer 2001, his visit was officially announced later—two days after he crossed the border of Russia. This visit is surrounded by even a greater secrecy. Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-il will probably discuss North Korea’s refusal to return to six-sided talks until the U.S. lifts economic sanctions, and its preparation to launch a multi-stage rocket.Pyongyang confirmed it plans to launch a rocket, although not a ballistic one, but a satellite carrier. It will allegedly take satellite Kvanmenson-2 to low earth orbit. The U.S. threatened it will shoot the rocket down, and began to pull in ships equipped with air defense facilities. Moreover, Washington and Tokyo threatened to demand the UN Security Council to impose even stricter sanctions on North Korea.Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited North Korean ambassador to warn his government not to take any steps which would aggravate Pyongyang’s position. However, Moscow took the news about launch preparation in Korea much calmer than Washington, Tokyo, and Seoul. Russia is ready to wait and see. If Kim Jong-il is really coming to Moscow, Russia will receive the explanation for North Korea’s strange behavior from its leader.

Gee, La Russophobe dares to wonder how Russians would react if they found out that Chechen warlords were making secret rendez-vous at the White House. Probably they'd just say: "You have a right to pursue your national interests, it's none of our business." NOT!

The sad thing is that it's not the actual truth of such stories as this, and the FSB blowing up apartment buildings in Moscow to whip up support for the war in Chechnya, that is most damaging to Russia, but rather the simple fact that such stories have instant credibility.

And so it goes in Russia.

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