- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Not surprisingly, there’ s no specific mention of the latest North Korean nuclear controversy from the Pyongyang-sponsored Korean Central News Agency. (To be fair, the Puebla State Branch of the Mexican National Preparatory Committee for Commemorating the Centenary of Birth of President Kim Il Sung was inaugurated, so it’s a busy news day for them.)
The chief executive of south Korea during his recent foreign trip pulled up the DPRK, letting loose such foolish remarks about "complete abandonment of nuclear program" and "responsible attitude". He made no scruple of making such arrogant remarks that "the north’s insistence on its stand would only bring bigger damage to it" and that "only the south-north summit for achieving denuclearization is possible.[…]
Rodong Sinmun Sunday in a signed commentary brands these reckless remarks of the south Korean puppet group as an intolerable mockery of the whole Korean nation desirous of improved relations between the north and the south and blatant challenge and provocation against the DPRK.
Ridiculing the shameless remarks of the south Korean authorities as scream of those who were driven to a tight corner inside and outside, the commentary goes on:
The six-party talks would have already resumed and the inter-Korean relations not been driven to such acute phase of confrontation as now if the south Korean authorities had not fabricated the anti-DPRK plots and not resorted to sanctions and military provocations against the DPRK in league with outside forces. Nevertheless, the south Korean authorities tried to convince the public that the responsibility for the situation rests with the DPRK. This is the culmination of shamelessness.
They have no qualification to talk about "abandonment of nuclear program" and "change of attitude". The balderdash of the south Korean authorities revealed their anti-reunification intention to stand in confrontation with the DPRK to the last while denying dialogue and cooperation.
Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable. His column appears bi-weekly in the print edition of The Washington Post. He can be reached for comments or tips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.
A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.
Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C.| The Cable |