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S Korea-Japan ties improve after N Korea's nuclear test

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By Nobuhiro Kubo and Jee Heun Kahng

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Ironically friction with North Korea is probably the best thing that could have happened to help improve Japan-South Korea bilateral relations. This is certainly an unintended consequence Kim Jong Un hadn't fully considered.

Nothing like a common enemy to bring nations closer together and turn former foes into friends. Unfortunately, this will also help boost the popularity of PM Abe and President Park, and take the spotlight off of their incompetence at home.

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I think it would be very informative if Kim Jong Un commented on this forum so we could learn about how he thinks about world issues.

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The consequence of these two US client states forming a united front will be to put more existential pressure on NK and push the regime there to further advance its nuclear capabilities. The recent testing is the logical outcome of no peace agreement, war games, the presence of the US military in SK, nuclear armed or highly weaponized and economically powerful countries surrounding NK and lack of meaningful dialogue. It is a response to an existential threat and not the initiation of a threat as the pro-US media is presenting it. Of course the NK regime is despotic, but our plutocracies are also criminal.

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The comfort women/sex slave issue seems to have completely disappeared from the news. Maybe both sides are relieved, so thank you N Korea.

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"The enemy of my enemy is my friend!"

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funny how cannot compromise in a good term. suddenly realized needed each other because NK is around the corner. some people just not happy living with peace. i am sure this comfort women issue will come up again in future, that is part of the ugly side of human being

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When Japan and SKorea join forces to contain a common foe........what next? Should be the question.

Does NKorea really think like the rest of the world would like to believe?

What does the U.S stand to gain from testing their deterrence theory in that south east asian region?

Is China truly bothered about Nkorea's idiosyncracies?

Where does Russia fall in all this? Last I checked, Russia is suspicious and mindful of each and every single one of those nations that have been listed in this article.

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shonanbb I think it would be very informative if Kim Jong Un commented on this forum so we could learn about how he thinks about world issues.

How do you know he isn't ?

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lol, "improve?"

I give it another month before things are back to normal, hate speech against Japan from South Korean nationalists and media.

Once in a while North Korea will do something that will 'unite' the two, but only briefly.

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It would be nice to see them getting along for a change, regardless of the reason.

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SensatoJan. 09, 2016 - 07:15AM JST Ironically friction with North Korea is probably the best thing that could have happened to help improve Japan-South >Korea bilateral relations. This is certainly an unintended consequence Kim Jong Un hadn't fully considered.

How can one be certain that Kim hadn't considered it? Kim has been watching angrily as South Korea coddled up to China, North Korea's benefactor with whom they are supposed to be as close as lips and teeth. Probably peaked when Park attended China's WWII parade and Kim refused to go. Now that its looking like the H-bomb announcement may have been fake, it may have been Kim letting China know that he's not happy and he's capable of causing events that hinder China's agenda. A stupid haircut doesn't necessarily mean he's stupid.

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it may have been Kim letting China know that he's not happy and he's capable of causing events that hinder China's agenda. A stupid haircut doesn't necessarily mean he's stupid.

He should be prepared to lose all that weight if he thinks he can survive the hand that feeds him.

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In other news, "S Korea & Japan defence contractors improve sales after N Korea's nuclear test"

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There is nothing Japan can do for South Korea that they can not do for themselves. As for improved relations it will go away when the threat is put on the back burner.

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