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September 20, 2005

North Korea Deal Is No Deal Only One Day Later

Topics: International News

That didn't take long! Only a day after we had a deal, it's business as usual for North Korea and back to square one, after North Korea again backs off their agreement to dismantle it's nuclear-weapons program:

North Korea said today that it would not dismantle its nuclear-weapons program until the United States first provides an atomic energy reactor, casting doubt on its commitment to a breakthrough agreement reached at international arms talks.

The North's Foreign Ministry made the surprise demand a day after it had agreed at six-nation talks in Beijing to give up its arms efforts.

The North's Foreign Ministry made the surprise demand a day after it had agreed at six-nation talks in Beijing to give up its arms efforts.

The North insisted during arms talks that began last week in Beijing that it be given a light-water reactor, a type less easily diverted for weapons use, in exchange for abandoning nuclear weapons. The agreement reached at the talks' end yesterday in Beijing -- the first since the negotiations began in August 2003 -- said the six countries in the negotiations will discuss the reactor issue "at an appropriate time."

Both the United States and Japan, members of the six-nation disarmament talks, rejected the North's latest demand.

About the "Nut Jobs" of both North Korea and Iran, Peter C. Blair writes "Get real, Jack!"

And apparently, international arms agreement deals aren't the only thing North Korea cheats on: "North Korea's government is producing high-quality counterfeit $100 bills and is working with criminal groups in China to sell the fake U.S. money internationally."

Tag: North Korea

Posted by Richard at September 20, 2005 5:44 AM



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