Monday, September 19, 2005

North Korea Agrees To
Drop It's Nuke Program

From Associated Press:

BEIJING - North Korea agreed Monday to stop building nuclear weapons and allow international inspections in exchange for energy aid, economic cooperation and security assurances, a breakthrough that marked a first step toward disarmament after two years of six-nation talks.

The chief U.S. envoy to the talks praised the development as a "win-win situation" and "good agreement for all of us." But he promptly urged Pyongyang to make good on its promises by ending operations at its main nuclear facility at Yongbyon.

"What is the purpose of operating it at this point?" said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill. "The time to turn it off would be about now."

Despite the deal's potential to help significantly ease friction between the North and the United States after years of false starts and setbacks, Hill remained cautious.

"We have to see what comes in the days and weeks ahead," he said.

President Bush called it a positive step, but he expressed some skepticism about whether North Korea will live up to its promises.

"They have said — in principle — that they will abandon their weapons programs," Bush said. "And what we have said is, `Great. That's a wonderful step forward.' But now we've got to verify whether that happens."

Negotiation backed up by the threat of force. As Vito Corleone said, "You can get far with a kind word, but you can get much further with a kind word and a gun."

This is why the United States must remain the most powerful nation on Earth, if humanity is to stand a chance of surviving; France, Russia, China - and all the other civilized countries of the world, who sit with such dignity on the United Nations Security Council - would never act to stop North Korea, or Iraq, or Iran, the way the U.S. has done.

No, instead they would just continue to sell N. Korea the parts to make the bombs.