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North Korea Knows an Easy Mark When it Sees One

John on April 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

From the Telegraph:

The rogue state called the UN response an “unbearable insult” and condemned the six-party talks with South Korea, China, Japan, the United States and Russia as “useless” in a statement released by the country’s foreign ministry on Tuesday.

“There is no need for the six-party talks any more,” the statement said. “We will never again take part in such talks and will not be bound by any agreement reached at the talks.”

It added that it intended to “bolster its nuclear deterrent for self-defence in every way” and that it would restart the Yongbyon reactor, which is capable of making weapons-grade plutonium.

North Korea, which refers to itself as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) began taking apart the Soviet-era reactor more than a year ago in return for increased aid, including food for its starving population.

The statement came in response to condemnation from the UN over North Korea’s rocket launch on April 5. Pyongyang said it fired a satellite into space, but critics, including the US, believe North Korea was testing a long-range ballistic missile capable of hitting the west coast of America.

And so begins another round of hold-the-world-hostage, this time as before we’ll be playing for a few billion bucks aimed at keeping the ailing dictator Kim Jong Il afloat.

First note that back in November, USA today was promising a renaissance in US-Nork relations under Obama. Not so much I guess.

Second, note that this announcement flies in the face of Obama’s tough talk last December about not allowing North Korean to proliferate nuclear arms. Tough talk back then. However just a few days after Obama’s weak response — in which he essentially said “Don’t do it again” — the Norks are making threats again.

It’s almost as if Obama’s voice gets softer the farther we get from the election. And Kim Jong Il is talking louder and louder.

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