October 19, 2006
Dear Leader Regrets...
Evidently, the Dear Leader, Kim Jong-Il, "regrets" the nuclear test. That's what he told the Chinese.
In fact, he regrets the test so much, he's even willing to return to the six-party talks... provided the United States grants unilateral, pre-negotiation concessions of, well, every concession North Korea has demanded in the past before returning to the table:
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret about his country's nuclear test to a Chinese delegation and said Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign to financially isolate the country, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.
"If the U.S. makes a concession to some degree, we will also make a concession to some degree, whether it be bilateral talks or six-party talks," Kim was quoted as telling a Chinese envoy, the mass-circulation Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a diplomatic source in China.
Of course, they've always returned to the six-party talks anyway, even without such concessions. But only long enough to leave again and commit some provacative act: test-firing a missile (that topples over and crashes into the ocean), setting off a nuclear bomb (that fizzles faster than Democratic electoral hopes), or shooting an old missile they bought from China right across the Japanese mainland. Then they offer to return. In exchange for, shall we say, a few concessions?
So what specifically does the Democratic People's Republic of Korea want this time? Why, it's quite simple; painless, really:
North Korea has long insisted that the U.S. desist from a campaign to sever its ties to the international financial system. Washington accuses Pyongyang of complicity in counterfeiting and money laundering to sell weapons of mass destruction.
No big deal. What's a little counterfeiting and chemical warfare among chums? After all, he is the Dear Leader.
Big Lizards sincerely hopes that Secretary of State Condoleezza "Football" Rice picks up on the head-fake and rejects the Devil's deal. Any loosening of restrictions on North Korea must come about as part of the negotiations, not before negotiations even begin! And it must be in exchange for better guarantees against cheating, such as on-the-ground inspections by American-led inspection teams (we all still remember how Saddam punked UNSCOM and UNMOVIC).
I anticipate that when Dear Leader fails to get the pre-talk concessions he wants, his contrition will disappear faster than civility from a losing Democrat. But maybe I'm misjudging the fellow (he opposed the Iraq war, so that's a plus, as far as the nutroots is concerned).
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, October 19, 2006, at the time of 8:56 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith
The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith at October 19, 2006 10:50 PM
The following hissed in response by: patkc66
North Korea detonating a nuclear device has seriously changed the threat level of their missile tests now. It seems to me that any un-announced missile launches now have to be assumed to be nuclear armed and a first-strike. And it should be dealt with immediately as such.
They wanted to join the nuclear power club. They now have to play by its rules.
The following hissed in response by: Mr. Michael
This was probably a hea-fake by Dear Leader trying to get a concession before the news got out... China is apparently going to cut off NKorea's oil.
THAT would hurt. That would hurt BAD.
Glare at him a few more days, and wait to see what happens... if China is showing that it has been embarrassed this badly, then there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to concede anything. Ill changed the stakes when he popped his Nuke; now we go back to the table and our starting bid should be VERY strong demands... from which we can then become reasonable.
Rice ran a California University; she's used to dealing with Communistic Petty Dictatorial Megalomaniacs. I can't see her missing a chance, if it really exists.
The following hissed in response by: Robert Schwartz
Of course he regrets it. He used 15-20% of his Pu for a dud. He regrets it. He will do another one as soon as finds new engineers to replace the ones he "disposed of" for failing last time.
The following hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist
This is one for Jimmy "The Mullah" Carter to deal with...again.
The above hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist at October 20, 2006 3:12 PM
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