Report: North Korea agrees to end nuclear activities by the end of 2007

posted at 11:22 pm on September 2, 2007 by Bryan

This has the potential to be a pretty big deal.

North Korea agreed Sunday to declare and disable all its nuclear programs by the end of the year, the chief U.S. negotiator said — the first time the communist country has offered a timeline to end its secretive atomic program.

The North Korean envoy, in separate comments, told reporters his country was willing “to declare and dismantle” its nuclear program, but mentioned no dates….

Hill said the declaration will also include uranium enrichment programs, which the United States fears could be used to make nuclear weapons.

Aid in the form of food and oil from the US and the rest of the six-party group is part of the deal.

Any story that mentions “North Korea” and “deal” or “cooperation” in the same sentence deserves every bit of skepticism you can bring to it, but there are reasons to look at this news with some guarded optimism. The North appears to be near a state of collapse: Famine has returned (it never really left), and massive floods killed more than 600 a few weeks back. In times past, North Korea would hide behind its juche and tell the world that nothing was wrong, but after the recent floods, North Korea has been more open than usual about the extent of the damage.

Purely speculating, but North Korea’s new cooperative face could be the result of several things. Its economy, never exactly an Asian Tiger, actually shrank in 2006. There have been rumors swirling about Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il’s health for a few weeks now. The refugee flood from North Korea into China has reportedly prompted Pyongyang to start building a fence to keep the refugees inside the country.

From whichever angle you choose to look at North Korea, it’s an awful place and getting worse. The blockade that the US with allies has had in place around North Korea, to curb its illegal weapons trade, has undoubtedly played some role in that, as has the crackdown on North Korean counterfeit operations and dubious banking schemes. Combine that with Japan’s recent moves to normalize and upgrade its military forces and China’s evident annoyance with Pyongyang’s games, and we might have an environment conducive to getting Kim to cooperate.

Maybe.


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So lonely, oh so rooely

Kini on September 2, 2007 at 11:32 PM

Well, I think we have some great opportunities here and in Cuba. We have two tyrants who are on their last legs, and hopefully we can take advantage of both situations. Bringing North Korea back to the civilized world would be tremendous, then we can re-allocate more resources to the WOT.

reaganaut on September 2, 2007 at 11:32 PM

I wonder if Bush will get credit for doing something GOOD in foreign policy. My feelings are this will be a case of ‘what North Korea?’ in the MSM coverage.

This is awesome policy by the administration. Remember all the people on the left saying we ‘had to’ engage in unilateral talks? Bush and his administration stuck to their guns on the use of regional powers to broker a deal.

Bush did as well here on foreign policy as any president in history on any other foreign policy issue. He won’t get credit though.

ThackerAgency on September 2, 2007 at 11:33 PM

oops. unilateral = bilateral. . . oh heck, they said we should talk to them one on one which is what N. Korea wanted to be deemed ‘legitimate’ (just like Iran is saying now).

This deal was a direct result of administration policy including China, Japan, South Korea, and Russia in the influence mix.

ThackerAgency on September 2, 2007 at 11:35 PM

Can we make jimmy carter, billy bob klinton and madmadam not2bright unload the ships of rice we send?

Texas Nick 77 on September 2, 2007 at 11:41 PM

Well if they stay true to their word,thats one more
down,Irag is going good.
So that leaves Iran,Syria,and Hesbollah thugs running
Lebanon.
I would add the Palestine problem,but i”m pretty sure
our ally the Isreal’s have that covered.

canopfor on September 2, 2007 at 11:43 PM

Trust but verify” was a witticism, not a recommendation.

It means, literally, “Don’t trust, but say it in a way that makes you sound conciliatory.”

North Korean needs food so they can give the locusts a break.

profitsbeard on September 2, 2007 at 11:57 PM

For someone who is a “cowboy” as the Democrats like to claim, to date the diplomatic successes of the Bush administration are more significant and more numerous than the Clinton administration’s.

SPQR on September 3, 2007 at 12:04 AM

Last week Dennis Prager was interviewing some lefty academic anti-American author and pointed out the difference between North and South Korea as evidence of America’s positive influence in the world.

Mr. Ph.D. had marbles in his mouth trying to explain that one away.

infidel4life on September 3, 2007 at 12:06 AM

If we would have had a Democrat as president, this would not be happening. As much as we all like beating up on Bush, we should recognize this as no small accomplishment.

Maxx on September 3, 2007 at 12:59 AM

Maxx-

Sadly true.

The alternatives are chilling.

profitsbeard on September 3, 2007 at 1:02 AM

Bryan, I’m afraid this will be spun as a victory for sweet-talking diplomacy instead of Boltononian hardassery. And it’s always possible that the latter course and its supporters (me among them) were just wrong.

On the other hand, the 1994 accords looked like a victory for concessions and nuance as well, and those didn’t go so well.

see-dubya on September 3, 2007 at 1:21 AM

this, if it turns out to be true, could be an incredible legacy for Bush. This might be right up there with 9/11, Afghanistan and could even be bigger then Iraq

Defector01 on September 3, 2007 at 1:43 AM

This could permanently change the face of that region. Hopefully leading to the unification of Korea in my life time.

Zaire67 on September 3, 2007 at 2:28 AM

I think you mean “Twust but vewify”.

BDavis on September 3, 2007 at 2:40 AM

So lonely, oh so rooely

Kini on September 2, 2007 at 11:32 PM

Well I was going to try to say something erudite, but I can’t stop laughing and thinking about that movie now…

You too BDavis.

Bryan, I’m afraid this will be spun as a victory for sweet-talking diplomacy…

see-dubya on September 3, 2007 at 1:21 AM

Exactly. How can Kim be trusted? He’s shown in the past he cannot. His self-proclaimed self-reliant nation would doubtful cave so quickly, and accept foreign aid.

Or perhaps it’s just Dear Leader can’t get those nukes to work properly, as we saw with the recent missle tests and underground explosion. Must be running out the petty cash box, and he even misses his Hennessy, or whatever he drinks.

I would let him fail miserably. The downside is the people’s continued suffering, but to give that government any shred of recognition in the form of any more treaties is absurd.

JetBoy on September 3, 2007 at 5:00 AM

Kim really is a lonley dude

JetBoy on September 3, 2007 at 6:09 AM

Hans Brix? Oh NO!!!

Insomniac on September 3, 2007 at 8:45 AM

It’s probably just a coincidence that the time it would take to get rid of all the nuke materials and processing equipment is the time it would take to ship it to Iran…

rbb on September 3, 2007 at 8:46 AM

Great News, if true. Too bad, the same time North Korea is going belly up, so are we. Hard to see sending them money, food, and oil when that’s all the things we need. Better to let them into this poker game we play, I guess it will be cheaper in the long run, if we get to bring back our troops over there.

Legions on September 3, 2007 at 9:49 AM

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Until then, it’s just another promise by an accomplished liar. Nothing more.

Lancer on September 3, 2007 at 10:10 AM

Ok Hans I show you. You ready? Stand a rittle to your reft. A rittle more. Rittle more. Good.

Dash on September 3, 2007 at 10:31 AM

Now you see, the changing of the worrd is inevitabre!

I’m sorry, it’s what?

Inevit, inevitabre.

One more time.

Inevitabre! Things are inevitabrey going to change!

JetBoy on September 3, 2007 at 11:46 AM

My little nine month old daughter Tiara starting laughing when she saw that picture of ronery Kim :-) I’m not gonna let her watch the movie though. hehe

Tony737 on September 3, 2007 at 4:42 PM

Jetboy – “G-d damn, open your f-cking ears.” hahaha A true classic!

Tony737 on September 3, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Dash – “HOW YOU RIKE *DAT*, HANS BRIX?”

The best movie EVER!

Tony737 on September 3, 2007 at 4:45 PM

Insomniac – “Hans Brix? Oh NO! … Oh hey Hans, how’s it goin’?” hahahaha

Tony737 on September 3, 2007 at 5:15 PM

Let’s share our nuclear technology with North Korea. Drop a big sampler on Kim’s head. Ask them what they think.

saved on September 3, 2007 at 5:17 PM

Notice the different philosophies at work. Clinton enabled N.K. by providing nuke-u-lar power to them. Bush said screw you to the nuke-u-lar power and NOW after we have shown force, they give in.

Why don’t the Dhems understand the use of force?

Mojave Mark on September 3, 2007 at 5:37 PM

Hans, hans! You’re breakin’ ma boughs Hans, you’re breakin’ ma boughs!

RD on September 3, 2007 at 6:43 PM