September 21, 2018

North Korea

North Korea “pledged on Wednesday to dismantle its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took unspecified actions." (Reuters)

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The left remains skeptical.

The right is cautiously optimistic.

“The steps that the deal demands North Korea take toward disarmament are negligible at best. Kim expresses his willingness to dismantle the nuclear facility at Yongbyon. But that reactor was used mainly to reprocess plutonium more than a decade ago...

“Kim also says he will permanently shut down the launch pad at Tongchang-ri, where his scientists have tested intercontinental ballistic missiles, and would do so under the watch of international inspectors. But North Korea’s past few missiles have been tested from mobile launchers, so this too is a fairly meaningless concession.”

Slate

“Framing this agreement is a bit like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. You find the straight edges that define the perimeter, then start inserting the hard-to-fit pieces in the center. The most difficult pieces are usually saved for last, and negotiators could be left with a big empty space in the middle of this deal."

Washington Post

The right is cautiously optimistic.

Kim may well be playing Trump, but that is no reason to stop talking... A longer route to peace is not ideal, but as long as North and South Korea stay friendly, nuclear warheads won’t fly. Peace is possible, and Korean-led diplomacy—not endless sanctions, and certainly not preventive war—is the best way to attain it."

The Federalist

“Perhaps a couple of small concessions which don’t cost us too much or grant Kim any significant power could be offered in exchange for allowing inspectors in and actually dismantling some weapons... We can always return to the current policy of maximum sustained pressure on a moment’s notice if North Korea goes back to their old tricks."

Hot Air

Some contend that “Trump should only be celebrating when North Korea has agreed to wide-ranging IAEA snap inspections, and when U.S. intelligence confidently determines that he has suspended his nuclear weaponization programs.Today, that's a long way away.”

Washington Examiner

On the bright side...

A night in a cottage made entirely of chocolate? Yours for just €50.

The Independent

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