Wednesday, February 29, 2012

North Korea Suspends Nuclear Weapons Production in Exchange for Food

As its population suffers widespread malnutrition, North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and put a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests in exchange for 240,000 metric tons of food and the promise for potentially more to come.

U.S. State Department announced Wednesday that after two days of talks in Beijing last week the North has agreed to allow International Atomic Energy Inspectors to verify and monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment and confirm disablement of its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.
One of the almost singular achievements of communism is the ability to produce wide-spread starvation. China and the Soviet Union starved tens of millions of their own subjects to death. Who knows how many have starved in other countries due to communism. No wonder elitists like it.

Anyway, its hard to say whether this is a sign of reasonableness, desperation or guile. I'm guessing that this is like all prior situations--the peasants are about to revolt unless the aristocracy does something to get food to them. 
The relationship between North and South Korea (and, indirectly, the United States) is like that between an abusive spouse and his/her victim. Threaten and beat them (or, in this case, shell an island or two, sink a ship or two, rattle its sabers, sell nuclear technology to other countries), then apologize and swear it won't happen again in order to keep the spouse around (or get food and financial aid). Repeat as needed. And maybe just conduct your tests in some other friendly country.

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