[Marxism] Nprth Korea Refuses Again to Surrender to John Bolton and George Bush
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Sat Jul 24 05:28:09 MDT 2004
It seems as the US Left is sleep walking towards an Óctober Surprise´.
Certainly, nothing that the ABB crowd has done shows any awareness of the
realities that probably lie in wait. The preparations for a US military
attack against North Korea have been going on for months now.
Counterpunch on John Bolton...
Korea Nixes U.S. Nuclear Proposal
By SANG-HUN CHOE
The Associated Press
Saturday, July 24, 2004
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea on Saturday rejected a U.S. suggestion that
it follow the example of Libya and abandon its nuclear weapons programs to
open the way for economic aid and improved ties with Washington.
Calling the American proposal "nothing but a sham offer," the communist
state reiterated that it would freeze its nuclear facilities as a first step
toward their dismantling, but only if Washington provides energy aid, lifts
economic sanctions and delists the North as a sponsor of terrorism.
"It is a daydream for the U.S. to contemplate forcing the (North) to lay
down arms first under the situation where both are in a state of armistice
and at war technically," said an unidentified spokesman of the North's
The comments, carried by the North's official news agency KCNA, came three
days after a top U.S. disarmament official urged North Korean leader Kim
Jong Il to learn from Libya and abandon his nuclear weapons development.
U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said Wednesday that lessons learned
from Libya's pledge to eliminate weapons of mass destruction can be used in
six-nation talks aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear standoff.
Three rounds of talks on North Korea's nuclear ambitions have been held in
Beijing since last year, but none has produced a breakthrough. The United
States, Russia, China, Japan and the two Koreas took part.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi took bold steps toward mending ties with the
West in December when his government announced it would renounce chemical,
biological and nuclear weapons, and opened its weapons laboratories to
international inspectors. In return, Washington has begun lifting sanctions,
including travel restrictions, against the country.
On Saturday, the North Korean spokesman called the U.S. proposal "little
worthy to be discussed any longer."
"The U.S. is foolish enough to calculate that such mode imposed upon Libya
would be accepted by the DPRK, too," he said, using the acronym for his
country's official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
At the latest six-nation talks in June, the United States proposed that
North disclose all its nuclear activities, helping to dismantle facilities
and allow outside monitoring. Under the plan, some benefits would be
withheld to ensure the North cooperates.
North Korea said it would never scrap its nuclear programs first and hope to
get reward later. Instead, it insisted on "reward for freeze," because
"there is no confidence between the DPRK and the U.S."
A nuclear dispute flared in 2002 when U.S. officials said North Korea
admitted running a secret nuclear program, based on highly enriched uranium,
in violation of international agreements and a 1994 pledge to Washington
that it would not develop nuclear bombs.
North Korea has since restarted its old plutonium program frozen under the
© 2004 The Associated Press
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