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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 20th, 2013 at 4:08 am

North Korea Says It Is Willing To Discuss Disarmament Not Denuclearization

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The North Koreans are once again getting closer to setting the conditions for deescalation since they are now saying they are willing to negotiate disarmament and not denuclearization:

North Korea reiterated on Saturday that it would not give up its nuclear weapons, rejecting a U.S. condition for talks although it said it was willing to discuss disarmament.

North Korea, in a sign of a possible end to weeks of heightened hostility on the Korean peninsula, offered the United States and South Korea a list of conditions on Thursday for talks, including the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

But the United States said it was awaiting “clear signals” that North Korea would halt its nuclear weapons activities.

“The U.S. should not think about the denuclearization on the peninsula before the world is denuclearized,” the North‘s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary.

“There may be talks between the DPRK and the U.S. for disarmament but no talks on denuclearization,” it said. North Korea’s official name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

North Korea signed a denuclearization-for-aid deal in 2005 but later backed out of that pact. It now says its nuclear arms are a “treasured sword” that it will never give up.  [Reuters]

It is looking like the eventual talks will be about limiting the number of nuclear weapons the North Koreans have instead of denuclearization.  First of all despite all the talk from the US and the ROK, I am sure they have known for years the North Koreans were never going to denuclearize.  From the North Koreans’ perspective it makes no sense for them to give up their nuclear arms.  Secondly how would the US negotiate how many nuclear weapons the North is allowed to keep without having any way to verify the extent of their nuclear program and weapons currently available?  I cannot imagine the North is going to allow the IAEA in to monitor their nuclear program.  So the talks will probably happen just to deescalate and maybe even a sham deal will be signed which the North Koreans will eventually break down the road which will lead to another “crisis”.

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  • tbonetylr
    6:06 am on April 20th, 2013 1

    Sign it but there must be an end game, which means S. Korea must give it up(something like paying 100% for their own defense, OMG imagine that. Additionally they must put themselves in the front forward position which they suspiciously keep procrastinating about :???: Americans don’t want to go on for another 60+ years paying for a new and different Hatfields vs. McCoys hillbilly quack deal.

  • Jake
    10:13 am on April 20th, 2013 2

    Talk about arrogance. They need food aid from outside yet they’re asses giving conditions? :roll:

    Stop the food aid.

  • raid
    11:13 am on April 20th, 2013 3

    Jake – there hasn’t been any real food aid in the last 6 or 7 years

  • TxL8r
    2:56 pm on April 20th, 2013 4

    OK, so there is disarmament on the table – good. Take the bait, and drag the SK and China along kicking, screaming, dragging feet, whatever, just get to the table.

    If this offer is rejected because some nebulous and vague ‘clear sign’ is not observed, then we are back to Hat-Lee and Mc-Kim again.

    This is a nK bluff, and holy crap, how many times has their bluff not been called? If we want to watch another ‘crisis’ play out, then just hold out from beginning talks over this need to de-nuke.

  • Onezime
    5:51 pm on April 20th, 2013 5

    Do you think Kim Jong Un looks like he needs food aid? Of course not. You need to realize that he couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the fact that North Koreans are starving. In fact, his government uses starvation for population control.

    No, the North Korean government won’t give up their nuclear program because it’s their only insurance that they won’t end up hanged, drawn, and quartered for the crimes they’ve committed against their population.

  • Liz
    4:02 pm on April 21st, 2013 6

    Didn’t they already agree to this back in 1992 (long before the 2005 “agreement”) when they signed the joint declaration on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula?
    It’s been a nuclear test here, a missile launch there from the North ever since.


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