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US Lifts Trade Sanctions Against N Korea

From a suddenly skeptical Associated Press:

Bush administration lifts North Korea sanctions

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – President Bush said Thursday he will lift key trade sanctions against North Korea and remove it from the U.S. terrorism blacklist, a remarkable turnaround in policy toward the communist regime he once branded as part of an "axis of evil."

The announcement came after North Korea handed over a long-awaited accounting of its nuclear work to Chinese officials on Thursday, fulfilling a key step in the denuclearization process.

Bush called the declaration a positive step along a long road to get the nation to give up its nuclear weapons. Yet, he remained wary of the regime, which has lied about its nuclear work before. And North Korea’s declaration, received six months late, falls short of what the administration once sought, leaving it open to criticism from those who want the U.S. to take an even tougher stance against the regime.

"We will trust you only to the extent you fulfill your promises," Bush said in the Rose Garden. "I’m pleased with the progress. I’m under no illusions. This is the first step. This isn’t the end of the process. It is the beginning of the process."

Specifically, Bush said the U.S. would erase trade sanctions under the Trading With the Enemy Act, and notify Congress that, in 45 days, it intends to take North Korea off the State Department list of nations that sponsor terrorism.

"If North Korea continues to make the right choices it can repair its relationship with the international community … If North Korea makes the wrong choices, the United States and its partners in the six-party talks will act accordingly," Bush said…

Notice how the Associated Press wants to make Mr. Bush appear foolish for ever having called North Korea part of an "Axis Of Evil."

And yet at the same time they want to portray him as naive for now accepting their pronounced nuclear intentions.

However, when Mr. Clinton signed an agreement promising untold millions of dollars in material and financial aid, despite their continuing their weapons programs, it was hailed by our watchdog media as an unqualified diplomatic success.

But getting the same North Koreans to take actual verifiable steps towards dismantling their nuclear program gets at best "mixed reviews" from our unbiased press.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 26th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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