Erich Weingartner was interviewed for CTV’s Canada AM news segment this morning, on former President Clinton’s visit to the DPR (North) Korea. The illegal entry and subsequent arrest of jounalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee provided the DPRK and the US with an opportunity to tune the harmonics between the two nations.
“The DPRK has become increasingly predictable,” said Erich Weingartner in Ottawa last April, “but so has international reaction to every step they take. There is a certain rhythm to this dance around a problem that has been with us for 60 years, yet no one seems to hear the music. We will not be surprised if the DPRK stages another nuclear test should the Obama Administration refuse to pay them the attention they crave.”
In the question period following the presentation in Ottawa, Weingartner speculated that the DPRK would continue to escalate tensions until it got the attention from the Obama administration that they sought. The first gift Kim Jong Il would give the American administration would be the release of the two journalists once he is convinced that Obama is ready to talk.
In the CTV interview, Weingartner confirmed that the case of the two american journalists of Al Gore’s Current TV is indeed the first indication that the two sides are ready to talk.