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N Korea Wants End To Sanctions, More Aid

From the always gullible (when it comes to communist dictators) Associated Press:

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N. Korea calls for end to U.S. sanctions

By BURT HERMAN, Associated Press Writer

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea is ready to start dismantling its nuclear programs following the shutdown its sole operating reactor, a North Korean diplomat said Sunday, as long as the United States lifts all sanctions against the communist nation.

Kim Myong Gil, minister at the North’s mission to the United Nations in New York, confirmed the reactor was shut down Saturday after receipt of a South Korean oil shipment, and said U.N. inspectors would verify the closure Sunday.

“Immediately after the arrival of the first heavy fuel oil, the facilities were shut down and the (International Atomic Energy Agency) personnel will verify that,” Kim told The Associated Press by telephone.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said any future progress in disarmament would depend “on what practical measures the U.S. and Japan, in particular, will take to roll back their hostile policies toward” North Korea, according to the statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency…

Kim noted that the next steps included the North making a declaration of its nuclear program and disabling the facilities.

But he said that would happen only if Washington takes actions “in parallel,” including removing wider economic sanctions and striking the country from a list of states that sponsor terrorism.

“After the shutdown, then we will discuss about the economic sanctions lifting and removing of the terrorism list. All those things should be discussed and resolved,” Kim said…

Japan said it was ready to discuss outstanding issues with North Korea, but said the country had already delayed implementing an agreement reached at the arms talks in February.

“The North is already running late on the agreement, and we urge them to carry through with the steps immediately,” said Nori Shikata, assistant press secretary for Japan’s Foreign Ministry…

Of course this is good news.

But it is worth remembering that this shutdown can be easily reversed at a moment’s notice. As the North Koreans have demonstrated before.

Also, it’s seldom mentioned that North Korea has already amassed as much nuclear material as it could use for its weapons programs for the foreseeable future.

So they could be just using this timeout as yet another way to get more economic aid from the easily duped West.

It’s not like they haven’t done it before.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 15th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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