posted on Dec, 4 2006 @ 02:11 PM
IMO, this about protecting N Korea's and secificly "little Kim's" arse.
With Russia their mining and such, they will have Russian military to protect Russian workers there.
This Gives Kim a basic protection from US/Japan/S Korea and maybe even China from invasion and to some degree, any military attack.
Kim can also use that as a sigh-a false one- that he wants to cooperate with the 6 party talks/the world.
Russia is not stupid and knows this, BUT, I think they would go for it for a few reasons.
One, it is kinda like spitting in the US's eye and yes, they really do want to do that.
Two, it gives Russia basicly full control of all the raw uriniam in N Korea and for that matter where it goes and who it is sold to, maybe even how
much it is sold for.