The partisan fight over Netanyahu’s speech to Congress has shown the increasing disunity in the USA over policies towards Iran and the problems of an effective nuclear deal with Tehran. However, it is worth remembering that no American-led deal can prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons if Iran wants them and the American political class and the general public should get used to it. A brilliant analysis by Alochonaa’s IR chief Dr. Simon Leitch
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea is an enigma of the international system. One of the less conventional methods North Korea has turned to through various guises is drug trafficking and manufacture. These efforts appeared to have cultiminated in 2003 with the spectacular seizure by Australian authorities on the high seas of the North Korean owned ship, the Pong Su, after a botched delivery of 150 kilograms of heroin was uncovered. This has been further reinforced by a Hong Kong-North Korean drug ring that was arrested by the DEA in November 2013. While the Pong Su and more recent incidents are likely an attempt to expand outside North Korea’s traditional ‘drug markets’ of China, Russia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, it also has shed light into the murky activities of the now infamous Division 39 of the Korean Worker’s Party and why the North Korean government is undertaking this trade, Alochonaa Editor, Liam Maddrell writes….