September 19, 2005


N Korea to 'give up nuclear aims' (BBC, 9/18/05)

North Korea has agreed to give up all nuclear activities and rejoin the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, in a move diplomats called a breakthrough.

In return, the US said it had no intention of attacking the North, which was also promised aid and electricity. [...]

Mohammad El-Baradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] also welcomed the development, saying that UN inspectors should return to North Korea as soon as possible.

"The earlier we go back the better," he said.

The chief US negotiator at the talks, Christopher Hill, praised the development as a "win-win situation", adding: "We have to seize the momentum of this."

But he promptly urged Pyongyang to end operations at its main nuclear facility at Yongbyon.

"The time to turn it off would be about now," Mr Hill said.

Even the NorKs have served to isolate Iran.

West steps up pressure over Iran (BBC, 9/19/05)

Western nations are expected to press for a tough line on Iran at a meeting of the UN's nuclear watchdog in Vienna.

The US and the EU want Iran to be referred to the UN Security Council, following its decision to resume the conversion of uranium for nuclear fuel.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2005 8:34 AM

Smart move by the NK's. Now they know we will pretty much ignore them, China will quit bugging them, Japan probably won't go nuclear and the SK's can start the love-fest again.

Posted by: jeff at September 19, 2005 8:58 AM

We'll see. The devil (or is it God?) is in the details.

Posted by: Rick T. at September 19, 2005 10:15 AM

Earth to whomever: Hello! They're lying. Again. There is only one communique the Norks will understand and it goes like this: BOOM!

Posted by: Geoff at September 19, 2005 10:41 AM

Well, since we have no intention of attacking them, and they're no threat to us without a nuke program, we'll be closing all the bases in SK tomorrow, right?

Posted by: b at September 19, 2005 10:41 AM

El-Baradei did an awfully good job in Iraq. He can certainly tell us what the NorKs are up to and we can always bomb them.

Posted by: oj at September 19, 2005 10:51 AM