Magazine article Newsweek International

A New Rogue from the East

Magazine article Newsweek International

A New Rogue from the East

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As hard as the international community is trying to restrain rogue nuclear states, a new one may be rising in Asia. Russia and China--who were key to hammering out the Six-Party deal on North Korea and the U.N. sanctions on Iran--are quietly undermining the battle against proliferation by helping arm another dangerous outlier on the sly: Burma. According to recent reports, Moscow has just sold the tiny state a nuclear reactor, and China is helping it modernize six naval bases.

All this has pundits worrying that the "Axis of Evil" could soon get a new member. Unlike Iran or North Korea, the shadowy ruling junta has no known links to terrorists or terrorist acts. But the state is a rogue: the generals rule with an iron fist, blithely disregard human rights and act downright weird at times (they recently moved the capital to a new site carved out of the jungle, apparently on the advice of astrologers). …

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