Thursday, September 22, 2005

North Korean negotiators apparently schizo

Not to be outdone by Venezuelan headcase Hugo Chavez, the negotiators for North Korea have followed up their announcement that they would give up their nukes with a wild-eyed paranoid delusion that the US is trying to kill them all. Just a couple of days after they said they'd give up the weapons - oh, in exchange for yet another American nuclear reactor, which request was denied by the US - their spokesman told the press that:

::::::::"The ulterior intention of the United States talking about resolving the nuclear issue under the signboard of the six-party talks is as clear as daylight," the North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

"In a word, it intends to disarm and crush us to death with nuclear weapons," the commentary said.
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Why would we go to the trouble of disarming North Korea (of its nukes, by the way, not disarm entirely) only to then launch nukes ourselves at them? Considering the arsenal we currently have, it would be a lot simpler to just bomb them out of existence immediately rather than telegraph our intent. NK has been relying on this grandstanding technique now since Clinton was in office. They're relying on it because it worked so well for them before. Clinton managed to cough up a nuclear reactor for them the last time they threatened someone with nuclear annihilation and then they reneged on their agreement. It should surprise no one that the US isn't interested in playing that particular game again.