Monday, February 14, 2005

North Korea Makes It's Demands

There is nothing quite like reading the state run media of a Stalinist country for entertainment. North Korea released it's demands for ending the "nuclear issue of the north":

Prompt Measures for Solution to Nuclear Issue between DPRK and U.S. Urged
Pyongyang, February 14 (KCNA) -- The Headquarters of the People's Movement for the Withdrawal of the U.S. Forces in south Korea on February 10 reportedly issued a commentary titled "North's possession of nuclear weapons is a legitimate self-defensive step of a sovereign state". Recalling the announcement of the DPRK that it will indefinitely suspend its participation in the six-party talks and has produced nuclear weapons against the U.S. hostile policy, the commentary demanded the U.S. take an immediate measure for a solution to the nuclear issue between it and the DPRK.
The commentary went on:
Has the north made nuclear weapons as it wanted them? No, it is entirely due to the United States. With economic blockade added to war threat, the north had no other choice but to arm itself with self-defensive power.
If the U.S. truly wants a solution to the "nuclear issue of the north", it should take the following measures at once:
Firstly, it should replace the armistice agreement between the north and the U.S. with a permanent peace agreement and withdraw its forces from this land.
Secondly, it should promptly retract its economic blockade policy against the north which has lasted over half a century.
Thirdly, it should officially declare that it will not lay any obstacle in the way of the Korean nation solving the reunification question independently by its own efforts under the banner of the June 15 South-North Joint Declaration.
The U.S. should clearly know that only when it takes these measures first can there be an advance in the settlement of the so-called "nuclear issue of the north". Otherwise, it is not entitled to talk about the north's possession of nukes or something more formidable.

Fortunately for the world we are planning to do pretty much the opposite of North kore is demanding. The United States is planning to increase it's measures to cut off the few remaining avenues of income left to Mr. Kim, namely counterfeiting and arms sales.

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