Thursday, February 10, 2005

North Korea Admits It Has Nuclear Weapons

Yes, they admitted it before, but this admission is public and is accompanied by a refusal to resume the six party talks. Actually this should have been expected. No doubt Kim Jong Il was hoping that George Bush would lose re-election. Recent reports have suggested that the regime is on the verge of crumbling. With his chances of winning unilateral concessions from a Democratic administration gone, Kim Jong Il realizes that the only chance that he has to save his regime and himself is to make enough noise to try to force the international community into giving him aid in exchange for a promise to destroy his weapons. He has every reason to belive that this will work. The last time he was in need, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter came to the rescue with fuel oil, cash and light water nuclear reactors. Kim believes that his biggest (and only) bargaining chip is nuclear weapons. They give him the power to wheel and deal for much needed cash.

What course of action makes sense for the United States? Try to ensure by whatever means possible that North Korea does not sell any of its weapons to another country, and wait. If the regime is on the verge of crumbling, the one thing it does not have is time. George Bush is in the first days of a four year term so he has plenty of time. Yes it would be difficult to ensure that North Korea doesn't sell it's weapons, but with the regime refusing to participate in talks it may be the best way to defend the United States and hurry the end of the last Stalinist State.

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