This should be a lesson to those who think that traipsing into North Korea with messages that Kim Jong-il should step down will somehow erode the power of the regime. They have already ground up Robert Park and spit him out, and they may do the same with Mr Gomes. And who knows what they will do with whatever money they squeeze out of Mr Gomes's supporters. It's time for the organizations that have encouraged Mr Park's and Mr Gomes's walkabouts to renounce and repudiate this tactic.
- American from Boston who had resided in South Korea sentenced to 8 years in prison and $700K fine by North Korea for illegal entry (links here)
- South Korean oil tanker seized by Somali pirates near Somali coast (BBC)
- Foreign Ministry says crew is still safe (Yonhap)