Monday, September 19, 2005
Trust, but verify: North Korea has pledged to give up its nuclear weapons program.
North Korea pledged to drop its nuclear weapons development and rejoin international arms treaties in a unanimous agreement Monday with other countries at six-party arms talks. The joint statement was the first ever after more than two years of negotiations.
The North ''promised to drop all nuclear weapons and current nuclear programs and to get back to the (Nuclear) Nonproliferation Treaty as soon as possible and to accept inspections'' by the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to the agreement by the six countries at the talks.
Based on past behavior by Kim Jong Il, I'm skeptical the sincerity of this pledge.
Having said that, how much credit do you think the angry left in this country will give to the Bush administration for this diplomatic success? Any confessions from Sen. John Kerry or Howard Dean on their stance that the multilater talks wouldn't succeed and that we should be doing bilateral talks?
I'm not holding my breath either.