No. Korea promises no long-range missile launches for food aid – announces plans to launch missile

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.

9 replies
  1. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    What a shock!? W can’t trust N. Korean, Iranians, Taliban, Pakistan, Kharzai, Hamas, etc. etc.???? Ah, but we try and make nice with them while trashing Israel.? Sigh.? We are ruled by idiots.

  2. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    North Korean is clearly one of the Axis of Nations We Should Talk to with No Preconditions. It’s amazing to me how Republicans would rather let millions of North Koreans starve over something as silly as nuclear tipped missiles.

  3. socialenemy
    socialenemy says:

    Why is it our job to give their people food? Why are we negotiating with a country who allows their people to starve? Why does America even bother with these kinds of situations. We have enough problems within our own boarders that something like this should just be a depressing story on the evening news, not a political talking point. I’m sure our country has poured billions upon billions of dollars into feeding citizens we are not responsible for and probably never even see the food we send. Wasteful spending at it’s best.

  4. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    What a crock.? “Suspending” or a “moratorium” simply means that they will retain the means to repeat this blackmail over and over again.?? Rule #1 for blackmailers and terrorists: no negotiations, no payment of demands, else they will just come back again with more demands.
    No deal until their nukes are destroyed to our satisfaction.

  5. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    They’re still Lucy and the football to our Charlie Brown.? Is the US still being run by all the smartest people in the room?

  6. ricbee
    ricbee says:

    I think we should dropping crates of guns & ammo all over the country & the people would start taking the food from the elite & their soldiers because that is who gets our aid.

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