Fleeting Success in North Korea

I hope they weren’t sipping that champaign!


It looks like the starving people of North Korea will continue to suffer. The agreement that was reached with North Korea and announced on Monday morning did not last into the afternoon.

North Korea insisted Tuesday it won’t dismantle its nuclear weapons program until the U.S. gives it civilian nuclear reactors, casting doubt on a disarmament agreement reached a day earlier during international talks.

Well Yeah!

Washington reiterated its rejection of the reactor demand and joined China in urging North Korea to stick to the agreement announced Monday in which it pledged to abandon all its nuclear programs in exchange for economic aid and security assurances.

North Korea’s new demands underlined its unpredictable nature and deflated some optimism from the Beijing agreement, the first since negotiations began in August 2003 among the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia.

“The U.S. should not even dream of the issue of (North Korea’s) dismantlement of its nuclear deterrent before providing (light-water reactors), a physical guarantee for confidence-building,” the North’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

So, let me get this straight… we are meeting to talk about nuclear disarmament and you insist on new nuclear reactors? Is there any dealing with this madman? I am glad it is six countries looking foolish instead of just one as JFK had wanted.

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