Monday, October 09, 2006

Brave Words

Washington Post:

The Bush administration delivered a secret message to North Korea yesterday warning it to back down from a promised nuclear test, and it said publicly that the United States would not live with a nuclear-armed Pyongyang government.

North Korea "can have a future or it can have these weapons. It cannot have both," Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill said yesterday in remarks at Johns Hopkins University's U.S.-Korea Institute. It was the toughest response yet from the Bush administration, coming two days after Pyongyang announced plans to conduct its first nuclear test.

Hill did not explain how the administration would respond to a test, but he said it is willing to sit with North Korean officials and diplomats from the region to discuss the crisis. "We will do all we can to dissuade [North Korea] from this test," he said. State Department officials said Hill is considering a trip to Asia to discuss options with key allies.

"We are not going to live with a nuclear North Korea, we are not going to accept it," Hill said. He said the United States had passed along a private warning through North Korea's diplomatic mission to the United Nations in New York.

North Korea conducts nuclear test

WASHINGTON -- North Korea conducted its first nuclear test yesterday in brazen defiance of the United States, China, and other world powers, which have sought for more than three years to persuade the reclusive Communist regime to give up its covert nuclear weapons program.

So now North Korea has proven to the world that it is capable of producing and detonating nuclear weapons. The United States has stated that it will not live with a nuclear North Korea. So what happens next?
A White House official said late last night that the United States condemned the nuclear test and would seek action in the Security Council today.
Uh-oh...UN sanctions.

Sounds a lot like we WILL be living with a nuclear North Korea.


At 6:41 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

It's crisis-management time. Crisis management is not a good position.

At 7:03 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

No, crisis management is indeed not a good position. This is not looking good, AC, and that's putting it mildly! :(

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez. Sanctions. When hell freezes over?

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

I doubt they'll even do crisis-managment. They'll huff and puff and talk U.N. sanctions even though they haven't worked one whit so far, and seventeen or so resolutions later, we'll have to go in militarily and relieve Kimmie of his WMD's.

This is a situation that should have been avoided. NOW can we boot the U.N. off of our soil? Puh-Leeeese?

At 12:45 PM, Blogger David Schantz said...

The first thing that was said to me when I walked into a friends military surplus store this morning was, "Have you got your bomb shelter built yet?" Now that we know North Korea can produce a nuclear weapon we should be concerned about who they would be willing to sell one to. I'm thinking that would be just about anyone with the money to pay for it. Most of the countries or organizations on their list of possible customers are not our friends.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

At 1:08 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

If our only options are through the United Nations Security Council, then we clearly overstated our resolve.
We need to at least put in place a naval blockade.

David... we already know North Korea has transferred ballistic missile technology to Iran and Syria. We even intercepted a shipment of SCUDs to Yemen. I would be surprised if North Korea hadn't already participated in Iran's nuclear program.
They must know we are capable of turning their country into a glass parking lot. I just don't want to see Seattle or San Francisco be attacked first.

At 3:11 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Hiya AC...North Korea "can have a future or it can have these weapons. It cannot have both," u think they will put their money where their mouth is tho?

At 7:08 PM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

AC, thanks for the kind Thanksgiving wishes on my blog.

I don't get it man. North Korea has money for nukes but can't feed it's people?

"The only lands suitable for agriculture lie in western North Korea, and since the mid-1990s, flooding, failed crops and mismanagement have caused hunger to spread across the country. Up to 2 million people are believed to have starved to death, and nearly a quarter of its people are believed to be malnourished.

Despite its overwhelming poverty, North Korea has the fifth-largest army in the world with 1.1 million soldiers and a costly nuclear programme. An estimated 25 per cent of its gross national product is spent on its military."

At 7:11 PM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

I think history has shown that no country has ever been "persuaded" to abandon it's nuclear weapons program once it's been I wrong?

At 6:17 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

South Africa was persuaded to give up their nuclear weapons and their nuclear programs.
That is the only example I know of.


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