September 15, 2005

IT WON'T BE HARD TO TARGET (via Thomas A. Corcoran):

Kim Jong Il: We Want Clinton Nuke Deal (NewsMax, 9/15/05)

Negotiators for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il insisted on Wednesday that the U.S. honor ex-President Clinton's promise to give them a nuclear reactor in exchange for giving up their nuclear weapons program. [...]

But [U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher] Hill noted that North Korea has pursued a nuclear program for 25 years and used it solely to make weapons-grade plutonium for atomic bombs - not for generating electricity.

The North was slated to get two such reactors under the Clinton plan. Other assistance promised by the U.S. at the time would have turned Pyongyang into the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid in the Pacific rim.

The Agreed Framework collapsed, however, in late 2002, when Kim Jong Il's government admitted it was making nuclear bombs. "As it turns out, they were cheating," Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright later explained.

Why not start the reactor, make sure the rest of their program is terminated, and then Osirak the whole shebang?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2005 4:09 PM

Ok then. We give the Russians the cash to build a reactor for NORK just like the one in Chernobyl.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 15, 2005 4:41 PM


Call the Israelis, too?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at September 15, 2005 5:01 PM

Let's build a dozen nuke power plants for them with the clear understanding that we'll A) take the first 80% of power produced at zero cost to us; B) we have 5 armed missiles aimed at each one; C) you keep all the waste.

Posted by: John Resnick at September 15, 2005 5:24 PM

Kim Jong Il must have figured that Ms. Albright wouldn't come to her senses after that champagne and the ballroom dancing.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 15, 2005 9:11 PM

How about if we just continue to jaw-jaw while they starve-starve?

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 15, 2005 11:52 PM