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Trust who? Ri Su Yong or Inoki?

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....he thinks it necessary to keep lines of communication open with North Korea, even at a time when many countries are trying to further isolate it over its defiant pursuit of nuclear and missile development.

Completely agree with this strategy. Rather than isolation, communication is more effective in resolve problems in our daily lives so this strategy might help. There is a lot of speculation about what NK leaders are concerned but even kids don't like to be told what to do without some explanation of the reason. Sports has helped inspire youth with problems that people care about them and maybe this can work with the problems with NK. I am happy to see this creative initiative.

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@socrateos

Appeasement never works

That's because it's only called "appeasement" in hindsight, after it's failed.

When it works, it's "clever diplomacy" or "skilful negotiations."

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The world should not make an orphan country. We ignored North Korea too long. A loner becomes a dangerous existence.

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Well, someone has to get things going, so it might as well be Inoki, since nobody else seems to have the brains to see our way through this. Better that than vaporizing under atom bombs.

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Back in the 70s the US and China had ping-pong diplomacy. Now Japan and North Korea have elderly, bankrupt, obsessive self-publicist, pro-wrestler diplomacy. Nuclear war, you're having a laugh.

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Dialog is certainly better than bluster.

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Inoki is an idiot looking for the limelight

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So what happened to Inoki? I can't find this being covered in the news.

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Inoki is a sports man. A famous American former pro basketball player also visits North Korea occasionally. It is OK. I wish they can be of any help to alleviate the atmosphere. It is difficult to understand what North Korea is doing today and what they are aiming at but we can understandable it if we think the Korean War is still continuing for North Korea. Japan, South Korea and U.S. do not have formal diplomatic relations with them.

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Interesting how majority on here prefer violence over dialogue. If you'd take a moment to actually study about the reasoning behind all this mess, the mass attrocities committed, duplicity etc. You'd have more information to make clear judgments free of spontaneous emotional reactions.

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@smith

not : )

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Someday Inoki will realize that talking to the Norks is not effective. That will probably be the same day he realizes how stupid his scarf looks.

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Did he greet him with "Genki desu kaaa!?", I wonder?

Hopefully they were all chanting "Inoki, Bom-Ba-Ye" as he came in.

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I wonder if he's going to slap Kim Jong Un?

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NK need to be felt with sooner not later. This should have been taken care of a long time ago... our leaders have let them get to strong. Now when war does come more will die. Stupid waste.

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I don't trust him at all.

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Schopenhauer: "The world should not make an orphan country. We ignored North Korea too long. A loner becomes a dangerous existence."

So, the world should make NK an "orphan country", but then you say "loners are dangerous". So, you want to make a dangerous country... because we've ignored NK too long and it's dangerous. Yeah... that makes sense!

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Antonio have more wisdom than the battered victim of Stockholm Syndrome Shinzo (SSS).

Inoki should replace SSS as PM of Japan in this difficult and dangerous Trumpy times.

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Inoki-former pro wrestler. Really says it all. Most of what he does is what wrestlers like to do--promote themselves.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

Yeah... send an entertainer when the world is on the brink of war, and your country is one of the key reasons.

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