Well as everyone knows, Bush and Republicans have repeatedly said that we should not appease our enemies. Everyone has heard this line, right?
I guess that doesn't apply to our "Axis of Evil" member country of North Korea, or is the Bush White House just tired of neo-conservative failures?
Tentative deal calls for halt in N. Korea nuclear program - USATODAY.com
Tentative deal calls for halt in N. Korea nuclear program
Updated 2/13/2007 6:04 AM ET
By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — North Korea reached a tentative agreement with five other nations Tuesday on initial steps toward ending its nuclear weapons program, U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill said.
The agreement would shut down a program that built and tested a nuclear device and amassed plutonium for as many as a dozen other weapons. Initially, however, that plutonium and any completed nuclear weapons would remain in North Korea.
The deal, reached in Beijing by negotiators from North Korea, the United States, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea, requires a final OK by the six governments.
Under the agreement's terms, North Korea would shut down a nuclear reactor that has been producing plutonium for four years, according to a senior Bush administration official and an Asian diplomat. Inspectors from the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency would return to North Korea within 60 days to verify that the reactor has been shuttered, they said. In return, North Korea would get a million tons of fuel oil a year.
The two officials, both of whom had been briefed on details of the agreement, declined to be identified because it has not gotten final approval from their governments.
After a fifth day of negotiations in Beijing, Hill said the agreement is only a first step toward the ultimate goal of dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program. "I'm encouraged that we might be able to make a real step forward on the denuclearization issue," he said.
North Korean diplomats made no immediate comment. The parties resume talks Tuesday in Beijing.
Supporters and opponents of the agreement both say it resembles a 1994 accord, known as the Agreed Framework, which traded economic and diplomatic concessions for a freeze of the North Korean nuclear program and a pledge of eventual denuclearization. Under that deal, North Korea received 500,000 tons of fuel oil annually.
The 1994 pact collapsed in 2002 when North Korea admitted working to enrich uranium, another potential source of bomb fuel.
John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. until December, said on CNN that the agreement is "a very bad deal" that would undercut sanctions against North Korea and make the administration "look weak ... dealing with Iran (when) it needs to look strong." He said President Bush should reject the deal because it is no better than the 1994 agreement: "If we (are) going to cut this deal now, it's amazing we didn't cut it back then."
Jack Pritchard, a former U.S. negotiator with the North Koreans in both the Clinton and Bush administrations, said the latest deal initially leaves North Korea "a declared nuclear-weapon state with a stock of plutonium for more."
James Kelly, assistant secretary of State for Asia in Bush's first term, said he was optimistic. "It's a mistake to prematurely trash" the agreement, Kelly said. "It's not a triumph yet. It's a first step."
David Albright, head of the Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington think tank, said North Korea has produced enough plutonium for as many as 12 bombs. It tested a nuclear device for the first time in October.
Ok, let me break this down, cause it's a good one.
#1 - the first thing we are doing wrong is talking to North Korea - they are a part of the Axis of Evil and diplomacy is ill advised with nations that can't be trusted... right?
#2 - the deal consists of them shutting down their reactor (which they did already, see below) in exchange for a million tons of fuel oil a year... if that isn't appeasement, I don't know what is
#3 - both supporters and opponents of this deal say it resembles the Clinton-era proposal .... yes the same one that every Republican on earth has blasted for years as an example of the failure of appeasement
#4 - all that king neocon #1 John Bolton cares about is the US looking weak.... in the eyes of Iran.... WHAT THE FUCK DOES IRAN HAVE TO DO WITH THIS?
my god the neocons are hilarious as they try to somehow make every issue in the world
related to the Iranians
and finally, I guess we made this deal.... BUSH HAS APPEASED THOSE ON THE AXIS OF EVIL LIST!
North Korea: Nuclear reactor has shut down | Jerusalem Post
North Korea told the United States it shut down its nuclear reactor, the State Department said Saturday, hours after a ship cruised into port loaded with oil promised in return for the country's pledge to disarm.
If confirmed by a UN inspection team headed to the Yongbyon reactor, the shutdown would be the North's first step in nearly five years toward de-nuclearization.
"We welcome this development and look forward to the verification and monitoring of this shutdown by the International Atomic Energy Agency team," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement.
I look forward, hell I can't wait, to hear the Bush supporters explain this one!
Perhaps the sentiments contained in the preceding post, are not yet
sufficiently favorable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong
, gives it a superficial appearance of being right
, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.
- slightly modified from Common Sense, Thomas Paine, 1776
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