Thursday, May 26, 2005

U.S. Official Says N. Korea May Collapse

From Associated Press:

WASHINGTON - A top State Department official predicted on Thursday that North Korea's decision to remain isolated internationally will eventually lead to the collapse of its communist government. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said North Korea is showing no interest in taking lessons from the successes neighboring China has enjoyed from its reform program.

"It's a real problem," Hill said, alluding to North Korea's self-imposed isolation. "And it's a problem that will ultimately be their undoing." He said chronic food production problems along with a dysfunctional health care system are raising doubts about the sustainability of North Korea's rigid communist system.

Really? A communist government isn't viable? Hey Noam, Howard, I guess it's back to the drawing board.