And where did it lead us?
Foggy Bottom, ever the students of history, try one-more-time to reign in the Pyong-Yang putzes with a Killah Rabbit Redux.
President Bush on Wednesday hailed an agreement for North Korea to detail its nuclear programs and disable its main reactor complex, a key step toward what the United States hopes will be a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
Bush said the announcement reflected the “common commitment” of the six-party talks to shut down North Korea’s nuclear program. The countries are North Korea, the United States, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan.
While some of us here at home, remember Carter leaving the plantation, and brokering a renegade “deal” with Kim Il Sung, describing the murderous dictator as “vigorous and intelligent” adding that “I don’t see (North Korea) as an outlaw nation”. That was immediately followed by the Goreacle convincing Billy-Bob to jump on the bandwagon. Nevermind the deal abandoned all previous demands for an immediate stop to their nuclear weapons program.
Under an agreement reached in February, Pyongyang was required to shut down and seal its Yongbyon reactor facility, which it did in July. The second phase required it to disable its sole functioning reactor at Yongbyon and provide a full description of all its nuclear programs.
Wednesday’s agreement calls for that to happen by the end of the year. China proposed the joint statement at last weekend’s end of a new round of the six-party talks, and it was accepted by all the parties.
Bush said the deal “will help secure the future peace and prosperity of the Northeast Asian region.”
Flashback to 1994, we got a “cross our heart and hope to die” deal exactly in this fashion. But our part of the bargain was $4 billion in light water reactor technology and $100 million in crude, payable up-front (your taxpayer dollars for “Peace in our Time”), while the NorKs immediately announced the deal was pay us first and we’ll stop at some point of our choosing. Curiously missing in this “latest and greatest” deal is they will provide a description of their program. Not even Inspector Cluseau and the IAEA to have a look-see, not that they could find their ass-cheeks with both hands? Now I hear there might be some inspector or technical assistance closing down the facilities in question.
The United States has agreed to lead disablement activities and provide the initial funding for them. Washington also reiterated its willingness to remove North Korea from a list of countries that sponsor terrorism, a key demand of Pyongyang.
No timetable was set for this action, but the joint statement said it will happen “in parallel with” the North Korean government following through on its commitment.
“The two sides will increase bilateral exchanges and enhance mutual trust,” the statement says.
Diplospeak translation: We’ll pay as agreed and take their word for everything else, even though this failed twice before. While were at it, let’s not forget the Forehead stating unequivocally in 1998 that the NorKs didn’t have an active ballistic missile program, one week later Pyongyang lets one rip over Japan and lands in the North Pacific.
On Friday, in anticipation of the new agreement, the United States also announced it would spend up to $25 million to pay for 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil for North Korea. The February agreement calls for the parties to provide North Korea with 1 million tons of heavy fuel oil, or the monetary equivalent in other aid and assistance, in return for the first two phases of action by Pyongyang.
Neither phases Pyonyang has any intention of actually fulfilling. Foggy Bottom Rope-A-Dope, Asian Style. Here I’ll do the math for you, assuming the same market price, that February bunker-crude we will be paying $500 million for. Feel better now, you appeasing Chamberlain-Cattah wannabes?
Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the top U.S. nuclear negotiator with North Korea, said Tuesday in New York that the U.S. expects the process of disabling the reactor to get under way “in a matter of weeks.” The U.S. wants the dismantling process to be so thorough that a nuclear facility could not be made operational for at least 12 months.
Diplospeak Translation, again: The disabling and dismantling process will occur when Elvis locates Jimmy Hoffa and the man on the Grassy Knoll, sometime around next Jovember the 43rd.
Next year, he said, the parties will address “the actual abandonment of the fissile material.”
That would be the fissile material that 1) Hel HaAvir didn’t already scatter about in Syria already and 2) The rest of their stockpile they manage to find someone to conveniently “hold” for them. Yes I did hear it too, so before somebody starts yammering they also agreed not to transfer any materials or technology outside North Korea. If you believe that one, I’ve got some nice sunny ocean-front property in Arizona for you, cheap-cheap.
The North has about 110 pounds of fissile material harvested from the nuclear reactor at Yongbyon through a plutonium enrichment program and will have to declare exactly how much, Hill said. The U.S. also wants to resolve concerns about the North’s separate uranium enrichment program, he said. Giving up all material and weapons — experts say the North may have produced more than a dozen nuclear bombs — is the only acceptable final result, Hill said.
“In short, we have a long way to go,” he said. “Partial success is not success.”
That’s enough Pu-239 bangie-stuff to build 6 or 7 low kT yield bombs. It’s takes bit more Uranium-235 mass to produce an effective bomb and longer to enrich it but we have not the slightest clue how long they’ve merrily been playing at alchemy. It’s a safe bet that if they had enough to play the shell game to hide with Baby Face Asswad, they’ve got a larger stash elsewhere. Not putting all your eggs in one basket as they say. The fact alone that they’re negotiating tells my skeptical neuro-center, they’ve got all they want and need for the moment.
I’m sure the Foggy-Bottom fuckwits are expensing their post-orgasmic dry-cleaning bills, with the absolute gurandamnteed final deal with the NorK.
Can’t we just find one JDAM to spare?