19 September 2005

Not Quite "Peace in Our Time"

The typical North Korean nuclear negotiating tactics was clearly seen today in the beginnings of two Yonhap new releases not far apart from one-another. First:
SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea vowed it won't compromise in its negotiations with the United States on Monday, as the six-party talks on the North's nuclear weapons program seemed to be nearing an end with the expectation of an agreement, positive or not.

And Second:
BEIJING, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has promised to scrap all its nuclear weapons and weapons-related programs and rejoin an international non-proliferation regime in exchange for political and economic benefits, a joint statement said Monday.

Now, the devil is in the details, as everyone is going to be saying, but it seems Pyongyang has simply stalled from an agreement until after Chusok, for some unknown North Korean reason. The hard work is yet to come, the most interesting outcome is the separate forum to be established for a Northeast Asia security dialogue.

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