Magazine article The New American

How Communists Negotiate. (Correction, Please!)

Magazine article The New American

How Communists Negotiate. (Correction, Please!)

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ITEM: "Three months after President Bush branded North Korea a member of an 'axis of evil,' the United States has accepted an offer from North Korean leader Kim Jong II to renew diplomatic contacts suspended last year" reported the Washington Post for May 1st. A senior US. official was quoted as saying, "It shows that a clear and consistent attitude can eventually pay off."

ITEM: In an April 23rd article entitled "North Korea: What a Big Stick Can Do," columnist Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post asserted, "it's interesting to hear that the administration's tough line may be bearing some small fruit...."

CORRECTION: Washington's "tough line" and "consistent attitude" with Pyongyang are wishful thinking. Even the Post's Fred Hiatt, cited above, admitted that the Bush administration's handling of North Korea differed little from the Clinton administration's, as the White House continues "to ship food aid and offer dialogue."

While paying lip service to disarmament proposals, Pyongyang is expanding its army and stepping up a "military-first" policy in a country of but 22 million, maintaining the fifth-largest armed forces in the world. Says Lt. Gen. Daniel Zannini, commander of the 8th U.S. Army, North Korea is an "adaptive adversary" with growing missile capabilities.

Ten years ago, North Korea had only a "handful of missiles," said the general in the Korea Herald. Today, its ballistic missile arsenal "approaches 1,000," threatening the Korean peninsula and beyond. …

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