Friday, March 2, 2012


What breakthrough? This was what I thought when I read of North Korea's pledge to suspend uranium enrichment, as well as nuclear and long-range missile tests in return for food aid. News reports call it a breakthrough and the international community has welcomed the deal but...what’s the breakthrough?

To me, the North Koreans lose nothing in the deal. They agreed to suspend uranium enrichment which they no longer need as they have enough for 20 nuclear bombs already; they agreed to suspend long-range missile tests which they no longer need as their missiles can reach Japan already; and in return they get 240,000 ton of food aid.

It’s a great deal for them. You got to give the North Koreans props for getting this deal. They lose nothing and get food aid. They also managed to give their new leader Kim Jong-un a good international image. Brilliant on the part of the North Koreans!

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