Burmese-North Korean ties have a long history
Despite Rangoon bombing, mutual needs have linked pariah states
The United States has in recent years sought to end Burma’s weapons trade with North Korea by strengthening its own relations with the Southeast Asian country.
This may have been wishful thinking, given that ties between the two pariah states goes back decades, and have survived challenges as deadly as the Rangoon bombing of October 1983.
A DECADES-OLD RELATIONSHIP
Both North and South Korea maintained unofficial “consulates” in the former Burmese capital of Rangoon in the 1950s. Following the 1962 military takeover in Burma, formal relations were established with both Koreas, but Rangoon’s
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