March 18, 2007

EXCEPT THAT THE PRC IS THE LAST BIG PIECE OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Across Asia, Korea talks have wider ambitions (Jim Yardley, March 18, 2007, NY Times)

For more than three years, the grinding, often exasperating negotiations over North Korea's nuclear weapons program have been about taking the bomb away from Kim Jong Il. As if that were not complicated enough, the agenda is now becoming more ambitious. One new goal could be loosely described as cleaning up the 20th century.

Starting Monday. That is when diplomats from the United States, North Korea, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia will reconvene in Beijing with a docket that is still dominated by nuclear disarmament but that also now includes unresolved disputes that have bedeviled Northeast Asia for decades. [...]

"We are dealing not only with denuclearization," Hill said at one news conference during negotiations in Beijing last month, "but we are dealing with some of the problems in the region, some of the problems in the region caused by the region's difficult history. This type of ambitious undertaking hasn't been tried before."


The end must be to denuclearize China, either peaceably or by force.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 18, 2007 9:41 AM
Comments

It has been obvious to any objective observer that the PRC is the key to DPRK behavior. Which explains why the MSM, academia, and State don't seem to get it.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 18, 2007 12:30 PM

Wait, I thought France was first on the denuke list

Posted by: KRs at March 18, 2007 5:01 PM

Do them all the same day--it even solves global warming.

Posted by: oj at March 18, 2007 5:26 PM

Doubtful France has any working nukes. Remember they only had three working helicopters.

Posted by: erp at March 19, 2007 8:02 AM
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