John on February 12, 2007 at 2:24 pm
More than two weeks ago I wrote a post based on a story circulated by Itar-Tass saying that a deal had been reached with North Korea regarding Nukes. Subsequent events made me doubt it was an accurate report, but today things seem to have changed. In fact, it’s the top headline right now on Drudge:
The U.S. envoy to talks on North Korea’s nuclear program said Tuesday that a tentative agreement had been reached on initial moves for the communist nation’s disarmament. “I’m encouraged by this that we were able to take a step forward on the denuclearization issue,” Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said.
Allah thinks this sounds a lot like nuclear blackmail:
This is the global equivalent of a hostage negotiation, with Kim implicitly threatening to kill Koreans on both sides of the border if we don’t give him what he wants. So we’re giving him what he wants. No other options at this point, really.
That makes a lot of sense, but so does the point he makes about this providing extra pressure on the Iranians to stand down. So maybe this is a propaganda victory if not a real victory. It’s better than nothing.
Of course there is another lesson to be learned from all this. You can read Drudge or you can read Verum Serum and get the same news two weeks sooner.
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