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North Korea Totally Going to Denuclearize This Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 9:00 am

Good news, everyone!

North Korea has agreed to discuss giving up nuclear weapons! This represents a great milestone in the history of efforts to address the North Korean nuclear problem, and a vindication for Donald Trump and his policy of regularly antagonizing and denigrating Kim Jong-un. Here’s the headline, detailing North Korea’s commitment to freeze and gradually dismantle its program:

NoKo 1994

No, sorry, that’s 1994. I found it. They have agreed to end their nuclear weapons program:

NoKo 2005

Damn, wrong one again. That was 2005. Sorry about that. Here we are. They’ll be disabling their nuclear facilities by the end of the year! It’s a diplomatic victory!

NoKo 2007

Damn damn damn. That was 2007. Fourth time’s the charm. They’re suspending tests and will even allow inspectors! That should ensure compliance!

NoKo 2012

Whoops. Fourth time’s not the charm. That was 2012. This time, definitely:

Yup, that’s the one.

I owe the gag in this post, and all the screenshots of past headlines, entirely to Twitterer @neontaster. It seemed like a gag worth expanding into a post.

The point is serious, of course: it’s nice to have talks about NoKo denuclearization, I guess . . . but let’s not get carried away. They pull this stunt regularly. They get some money and some relief from sanctions and then continue on their merry way.

So enjoy the news, I suppose. But please. Place it in historical context.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. Spot on.

    On one hand, it is a hopeful sign that they want to talk. On the far more likely hand, it’s the exact same BS we’ve allowed them to get away with before.

    My read is that, if this is to have any hope of working (and that assumes they are really willing) a firm timeframe for talks must be imposed, and also that we make it crystal clear to them, right now, that they get absolutely nothing until their nuke program is gone. Not frozen, not capped, gone.

    My guess, this has about a 1 in 5 chance of being real. But, I call that hopeful, because the alternative is 5 out of 5 chance of war.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 3/6/2018 @ 5:01 pm

  2. Those with the memory span of a parakeet always wake up happy every morning.

    Comment by Luke Stywalker — 3/7/2018 @ 2:51 am

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