October 12, 2008

AFTER TWENTY YEARS YOU GET PROBATION:

North Korea to Resume Disabling Nuclear Plant (CHOE SANG-HUN and HELENE COOPER, 10/12/08, NY Times)

North Korea welcomed on Sunday its removal from Washington’s terrorism blacklist and confirmed that it would resume disabling its main nuclear weapons complex and allow international monitors back into the site. [...]

[O]n Sunday, Prime Minister Taro Aso said that Japan and the other countries negotiating with North Korea in “six-party talks” on its nuclear program will have “ample opportunity” to discuss the kidnappings, the Associated Press reported. “We have not lost any leverage at all.”

The South Korean government hailed the agreement as an important breakthrough, stopping North Korea from making good on threats to reactivate its nuclear weapons program.

Some hawkish members of the ruling party, which won a majority in elections in April with a promise to get tough on the North, complained that North Korea was allowed to slip off the terrorist blacklist without apologizing for the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet in 1987.

The nation was put on the terror list after South Korea caught a woman who later said she was a North Korean agent and had planted a bomb on the jet.

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