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North Korea Agrees to Disarmament Deal

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Posted on Feb 13, 2007

North Korea has agreed to shut down its main nuclear reactor within 60 days in exchange for either energy or economic aid. The U.S. has also promised to drop North Korea from a list of terrorist states and normalize relations.


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Under the agreement, Pyongyang has pledged to close its Yongbyon reactor within 60 days, in return for 50,000 metric tons of fuel aid or economic aid of equal value.

The closure of Yongbyon will be verified by international inspectors.

The North will eventually receive another one million tonnes of fuel oil or an equivalent when it permanently disables its nuclear operations.

The US has agreed to begin the process of removing North Korea from its list of terror states and establish diplomatic relations.

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By HeadlessHessian, February 13, 2007 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment
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Put yourself in NK shoes….you now know how to do it!  You are home free.  No one will dare attack you.  You blackmail…which is what this is.  I agree with 53373 in only that I await more info.  I disagree with respect to other matters.  But who cares.  The little monster now has nukes.  We are too late and all of the leaders of the world failed their population. Be it right or left.

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By Marshall, February 13, 2007 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment
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I agree that this will work only if verification is unfettered.  Of course many on the left will have no problem shifting from condemnation of Bush for inflaming NK to condemnation of Bush for appeasing it; we well know there’s no satisfying Bush haters.

The real question is how does this differ from the Clinton/Carter plan and what will prevent it from failing.  Does it call from dismantling its existing nuclear weapons (and program), or just closing a reactor?  I await the details…

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By Tsaal Wallace, February 13, 2007 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
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Didnt we allready pay off Pyongyang once before with Clinton? It didnt work then what makes them think it will work now?There stupid, the dems and reps!!!!

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By Ask The NSA, February 13, 2007 at 9:13 am Link to this comment
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I await with glee the furious spin from the wingnuts about how this is nothing like what Clinton tried to do…

Will the right-wing blogs be awash with accusations of “appeasement”...?

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By fool me once, February 13, 2007 at 9:10 am Link to this comment
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If we believe this and give them the money, fuel, or anything before they act to meet their part of the bargin, shame on us.  Diplomacy is great for making us feel good, but we have been suckered before.  Quid pro quo, but we need to make sure we get the quid before we give the quo.

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