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October 11, 2006

The airwaves are running hot about the North Korea nuclear test. We have pictures of rockets landing on Sydney and dire warnings about the consequences of Japan going nuclear, and US planes taking off with a voice over about them bombing North Korea nuclear facilities. Sudddely Iran slips into the background. Little is said about the proposed US-India nuclear-sharing agreement, which flies in the face of the United States' own non-proliferation commitments, or that North Korea does not possess effective nuclear capability.

What is in the forefront of the news is the US mounting a push in the United Nations for punishing sanctions against North Korea, including a blockade to enforce the inspection of cargo entering and leaving the country. A naval blockade would sure provoke Pyongyang, as it is an attack on its sovereignty. But then the US is about regime change not diplomatic engagement.

How can the Security Council of the UN possibly justify stern action against Iran, which unlike North Korea has neither exited the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime nor announced any intention to build nuclear weapons. North Korea left the NPT for good in 2002.

Ian Williams says:

Israel has 200-plus nuclear warheads, and gets billions of dollars of free money, with the diplomatic equivalent of a Monopoly game "get out of jail free" card. Pakistan gets lots of support, even as its prime nuclear scientist is proved to have been disseminating bomb kits in the Muslim world. India explodes a bomb, and Washington subsequently rewards it with an offer of civilian nuclear technology. What conclusion is Kim supposed to reach from this?

Gee the Washington neo-cons (eg., John Bolton, the US Ambassador to the UN) do not believe in international treaties that bind the US, or for that matter Israel, and have worked to frustrate any attempts to strengthen the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime (NPT) regime. The US has also ruled out direct talks, a long-running demand by Pyongyang.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:03 AM | | Comments (1)
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LOL. North Korea just needed some attention since its citizens are nearly starving.
Now is the time for the World to pay attention to North Korea. hahaa.