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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on May 17th, 2012 at 3:49 am

Burma Ends Arms Purchases From North Korea

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Here is some good news, the North Korean regime has just lost another international revenue stream with their arms sales:

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, right, shakes hands with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi prior to a meeting in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May, 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Kim Byung-man) KOREA OUT

- Myanmar’s president has confirmed that his country bought weapons from North Korea during the past 20 years and assured his South Korean counterpart that it will no longer do so.

In a meeting with visiting South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Myanmar President Thein Sein said his country never had nuclear cooperation with North Korea but did have deals for conventional weapons, Lee’s presidential Blue House said in an announcement Tuesday.

Thein Sein told Lee that Myanmar will no longer buy weapons from North Korea, honoring a U.N. ban, South Korean presidential official Kim Tae-hyo told reporters traveling with Lee, according to Blue House officials in Seoul.

Lee is on an official visit to Myanmar, the first by a South Korean president since North Korean commandos staged a bloody 1983 attack on visiting South Korean dignitaries.  [Associated Press]

You can read more at the link but it appears that the regime in Burma really is serious about trying to reform itself and distancing itself from bad actors like North Korea.  Wouldn’t that be something if they instead started to purchase weapons from the South Koreans instead?

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  • Glans
    2:16 am on May 17th, 2012 1

    Another foreign policy triumph for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

  • Teadrinker
    3:08 am on May 17th, 2012 2

    “Wouldn’t that be something if they instead started to purchase weapons from the South Koreans instead?”


  • guitard
    6:46 am on May 17th, 2012 3

    Thein Sein told Lee that Myanmar will no longer buy weapons from North Korea.

    You’re reading way too much into this GI Korea. He only said they will no longer buy weapons. Myanmar and NK still have close times on many other fronts and this hardly amounts to Myanmar distancing itself from NK.

  • Chaebolga
    7:15 am on May 17th, 2012 4

    Daewoo and its chaebol friends have some excellent weapon systems that Myanmar could by. It recently exported submarine to Indonesia and fleet tankers to UK. Indonesia bought five LPDs from a Daewoo subsidiary too a few years ago. Bangladesh’s guide missile frigate is also Daewoo-built. In the land systems front it has expertise in manufacturing infantry weapons like the K1/K2 assault rifles and K3 machine gun. The KT-1 prop plane is also originally developed by Daewoo.

  • tbonetylr
    6:09 am on May 18th, 2012 5

    They look a little too happy. Did LMB go there alone, without his wife?

  • Glans
    11:12 am on July 2nd, 2013 6

    Lieutenant General Thein Htay, who runs Myanmar’s Directorate of Defense Industries, has been sanctioned by the Obama Administration for buying military equipment from North Korea. This sanction applies just to him, not to the Myanmar government, which has been severing its military ties with the Norks. Paige Gance reports for Reuters.


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