Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Foreign Policy: North Korea's Nuclear Program

National Review Online's Stanley Kurtz notes the key difficulty in negotiating with North Korea--that they cannot be trusted. Two points must be kept in mind by the Administration team:

1. The success of the negotiations must be measured in pounds of plutonium handed over. The North Korean program must be rolled back, not frozen.
2. Any success is temporary, buying time. North Korea will continue to pursue nuclear weapons and psychotic adventures as long as it is run as a demented hellhole. Even if they hand over the plutonium and the enrichment machines they have today, they will go back and cheat tomorrow.

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