Fool Me Twice Shame On Me
What do you say for “fool me twentyleven”?
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Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Da Wei (center) joins hands with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (and object of desire to women throughout China) Christopher Hill (right) and North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan (left) for the ritual pre-coital singing of Kumbaya.
We are informed today that North Korea has either "agreed to end its pursuit of nuclear weapons" or "shut down its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program" or "take steps towards nuclear disarmament" or most accurately "agreed to a deal to begin to close down its nuclear program in exchange for $300 million in energy and financial aid".
The terms of the agreement, according to CNN are:
-- North Korea agrees to shut down its main nuclear reactor within 60 days
-- The country will receive an initial 50,000 tons of fuel oil or financial aid
-- It will receive another 950,000 tons for irreversibly disabling the reactor
-- Another meeting of the nuclear envoys is scheduled for March 19
Shutting down Yongbyon is all well and good but here we must take a leap of faith and imagine that they haven’t used the past decade or so to construct another facility, or series of micro-facilities that have escaped detection.
How any of this reaches the level of justifying the ledes of several major newspapers is beyond me. As far as can be discerned from what we know about the agreement North Korea’s nuclear weapons and its nuclear weapons programs aren’t addressed. There doesn’t seem to be a prohibition on Pyongyang opening a new facility or continuing the production of nuclear weapons with existing plutonium at Yongbyon once the reactor is shut down.
I hate to be cynical but I’ve seen this picture before. Let me go out on a limb here and predict the only part of this agreement that will actually happen is North Korea walking away with $300 million in aid.