South Korea to assist North Korea on nanotechnology

From The Chosun Ilbo we learn of a new collaborative effort on nanotechnology between South Korea and…North Korea:

South and North Korean scholars are holding a conference on nanotechnology in the North’s Mt. Kumgang resort. For three days from Monday, participants will exchange results of their research and discuss ways to cooperate in improving education on both sides. In the first-ever such meeting between the two countries, some 21 experts from the South are attending the conference. They hope the gathering will lead to joint research opportunities in the near future.

The question is whether this is a good idea. Food is one thing, but why do technology transfer of nanotech to North Korea, of all places? —Christine

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