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Kim Jong Il’s New Year’s Resolution

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 7:56 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

North Korea has promised to disable its main nuclear weapons facilities by December 31:

North Korea pledged Wednesday to disable its main nuclear weapons facilities by the end of the year, while its leader Kim Jong Il huddled with his South Korean counterpart at the two Koreas’ first summit in seven years to talk about a greater peace on the peninsula.

The agreement at international arms talks came after Kim met South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun in Pyongyang, where Seoul officials expressed satisfaction with the result of about four hours of reconciliation talks. The two Koreas were to issue an agreement Thursday, but no details of what it contained were known.

In a separate accord at China-hosted arms talks, the North said it would allow the U.S. to lead a group of experts to Pyongyang within two weeks “to prepare for disablement” of its nuclear facilities, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei said in Beijing.”

This is good news, if true. I’m more encouraged by the reconciliation talks with South Korea.

Maybe the sanctions that prohibited Kim from getting his coveted luxury goods did the trick.


5 Responses to “Kim Jong Il’s New Year’s Resolution”

  1. Yes, good news IF true. And IF your aunt had balls, she’d be your uncle….

    TheManTheMyth (9a7d6a)

  2. And IF he is not shipping his nuke goodies to Syria

    Tregg Wright (6535aa)

  3. I’m sure everyone knows this already, but Kim Jong Il has been screwing with/gaming the system on international law for pretty much his entire career. If I remember right, he violated the terms of the ’95 Clinton/Carter deal almost before the ink dried on the treaty. So if he’s sincere about this time the world will rejoice, though I can’t say I’m counting on it.

    John Barrett Jr. (241ec0)

  4. Apart from the mandatory distorted presentation of U.S.-N.K. relations in the TPM piece to take a shot a Bush, the piece reaches the right conclusion. This is a step in the right direction. The rest of the article was useless filler.

    daleyrocks (906622)

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