An Aggrandizing Relationship (hopefully)
In light of the 6200 tons of fuel oil North Korea has shutdown its primary nuclear reactor in Yongbyon, a move confirmed by Elbaradei’s IAEA. This brings the Bush Administration into a comparable position that Clinton held in 1994 — where NK went rogue in investing in an uranium enrichment program pioneered by Pakistan’s top nuclear scientists. So, what’s next? What’s different about the current situation than the previous one in 94′?
I see several factors which could prove the viability of peaceful diplomacy and the possibility of real and final peace on the Korean Peninsula. For starters, the United States in a very different position on the international geopolitical scale now than it was in 1994, which puts much more stress on policy makers to push for peace and concessions because of the overstretch of our military forces and the irritability of the American public towards confrontations. Secondly, NK is hurting for vital supplies such as food and energy (primarily oil), so much to the point that NK’s military leadership has reportedly called for “peace” talks with America, presumingly to discuss a possible peace accord. Lastly, it seems that more than just America and small interest groups are taking a serious look into NK as a legitimate nation. The Council on Foreign Relations reported that The Wall Street Journal profiles one Egyptian businessman who is investing $115 million in a North Korean cement plant, one of the largest infusions of foreign investment the country has ever received. To top that it is reported that South Korea on July 12 dispatched 6,200 tons of fuel aid to its northern neighbor (CFR). When countries believe, they invest and aid.
I say its about time the Hawk lobbist take a back seat for awhile and let the doves take an aerial reconnaissance to scope the area for potential aggrandizement of friendly relations. The maxim of diplomacy, whether power or idealistic, points to a more peaceful relationship between the United States and North Korea, Bush willing.