Ok, here's what I don't get about this whole Macau macaca hold-up. Is it really plausible that a measly $25M is holding up N. Korea from complying w/ nuclear inspections? I mean, if it was $25 billion, given N. Korea's shaky economy, I might by that. But why has no one questioned this figure? From all recent accounts I've read, this is the final hold-up. To me, it seems like we ought to just cut a check for $25M to call their bluff. It's like a mult-billion-dollar merger stalling because one CEO hasn't delivered the turkey sandwich he promised the other.
What N. Korea wants is to be reinstated as a regular member of international financial community, that is, the complete lifting of financial sanction.
You can cut a check, but if nobody wants to deal with N. Korea, N. Korea may not be able to deposit the check.
N. Korea is playing for the much bigger stake as usual.