A little more about that missile relationship I mentioned earlier. The one between Egypt and North Korea:
At the same time, Egypt has counted on North Korea for military aid in the 1970s and began purchasing Scud missiles from North Korea around the time that Mubarak became president. North Korea also provided the technology for Egypt to manufacture missiles on it own.
â€œCairo is the hub of North Koreaâ€™s missile export,â€ says Choi Jin-wook, who follows North Korean affairs as senior fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification. Mr. Choi says North Koreaâ€™s embassy in Cairo is headquarters for the Northâ€™s Middle East military sales network and ranks as the Northâ€™s â€œmost important embassyâ€ after its embassy in Beijing.
Choi believes the deal with Orascom calls for North Korea to pay for the telecom network in hard currency earned from the sale of missiles and technology to clients including Iran, Syria, Yemen, and Libya.
Orascom is the Egyptian telecoms firm behind the Northâ€™s Koryolink mobile network. Itâ€™s kind of interesting that Pyongyang would work on something so sensitive with a country which has extensive intelligence co-operation with the US. It apparently has Vice President Suleimanâ€™s nephew on retainer.
But whatâ€™s even more interesting about all this is that it was allowed to go on in the face of what was supposed to be a rigorous sanctions regime against Pyongyang and its weapons sales, also the source of collateral charges of evil against Iran, Syria, Myanmar etc.