North Korea is testing the resolve of the world community after another predictable move. In negotiations for 240,000 metric tons of food, they were planning to allow food inspectors in and not launch long-range missiles. Not so much, they have an anniversary to celebrate!
As usual the U.S. State Department folks have to be “gentle” about what they say concerning these events as the delicate negotiations were wrapping up. They use phrases like “highly provocative” and “inconsistent” concerning North Korea’s plans to launch a satellite in April. We need John Bolton back at State. From Fox News.
North Korea announced plans Friday to blast a satellite into space on the back of a long-range rocket, a provocative move that could jeopardize a weeks-old agreement with the U.S. exchanging food aid for nuclear concessions.
The North agreed to a moratorium on long-range launches as part of the deal with Washington, but it argues that its satellite launches are part of a peaceful space program that is exempt from any international disarmament agreements. The U.S., South Korea and other critics say the rocket technology overlaps with belligerent uses and condemn the satellite program as a disguised way of testing military missiles in defiance of a U.N. ban.
Could jeopardize it? They plan to ignore what they have agreed to.
North Korea agreed last month to suspend uranium enrichment, place a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests, and to allow back U.N. weapons inspectors in exchange for much-needed food aid. Uranium enrichment is one way to make atomic bombs.
As North Korea’s dictator eats well even without food aid from UN organizations, the common people in the country – thanks to probable food hoarding by the government for the military and a long history of terrible agriculture land management – starve by the millions. Central planning at its best!
When North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il died of a coronary this weekend after 17 years in power, the homuncular tyrant left his country much as he found it — poor and desperately hungry.
For the last two decades, North Korea has grappled with food crisis upon food crisis, the result of a dysfunctional government and its erratic leader. In 1994, the year Kim inherited North Korea’s reins from his late father, the country was in the midst of a severe agricultural decline. The newly minted despot transformed it into a famine that would claim as many as three million lives. Food shortages have plagued the country ever since.