In a diplomatic cable sent by the US State Department to the US embassy in Amman in August 2007, officials warned that the Arab Bank could be unwittingly assisting proliferation-related transfers between Iran, Syria and North Korea. - We are concerned that Iran, Syria and DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] proliferation entities are using the Arab Bank network to process what may be proliferation-related transactions, - read the cable, released by WikiLeaks on its website at the end of August and viewed by The Jordan Times.
Japan dragged its feet after Washington asked Tokyo to provide information on private airports and ports in 2008 following North Korea's missile launches and nuclear test in 2006, U.S. diplomatic cables showed.
A confidential cable sent on April 25, 2008 by then-US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to State Department representatives worldwide states that "on September 6 2007, Israel destroyed the nuclear reactor built by Syria secretly, apparently with North Korea's help."
There is a very real danger that some analysts, diplomats, commentators and politicians are taking all that is revealed by Wikileaks at face value, without questioning the veracity of some of the information gleaned from third sources and some of the information transmitted back by US diplomats, believing as they did that they were doing so under the cloak of anonymity. Take for instance the views of US diplomats who had met with their South Korean counterparts and who had apparently discussed China s attitude to North Korea. We learn from Wikileaks that the more sophisticated Chinese foreign policy officials (and there I was thinking that all Chinese foreign policy officials are sophisticated it goes with the terrain) believed that North Korea was increasingly behaving "like a spoilt child."
The WikiLeaks cables on North Korea present a picture of an economy that is becoming haltingly integrated with China's market-driven behemoth, belying claims in the same disclosures that China is disengaging from its neighbor. The flip side of North Korea's ambivalent relationship with the Chinese is its seemingly futile desire to establish relations with the United States.
Journalist Gareth Porter speaks with The Real News about the initial handling of the Wikileaks documents on Iran, putting another context on the headline that Arab leaders called for military action against Tehran. (The interview starts at the 3-minute mark.)