26 January 2005

Gadhafi to Kim: “Dump the Nukes”

From Yonhap today:

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Tuesday North Korea should follow the African country's footstep and give up its nuclear program. Gadhafi made the comment at a 40-minute meeting with South Korea's Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon at his residence.

All fine and dandy for Gadhafi to say, but he forgets a few fundamental facts, not the least of which is that Libya has proven oil reserves of 36 billion barrels. Once again, the Libyan model is not viable for Pyongyang, because once it gives up its nuclear weapons and program, only South Korea has a real reason or need to deal with North Korea. Libya, however, still has something to offer.

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