Monday, October 09, 2006

NORTH KOREA'S NUKES: HOW WE GOT HERE

Thursday, 15 June, 2000
World welcomes Korean sunshine
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/792283.stm

Expectations were running high in South Korea before President Kim Dae-jung left for his landmark summit in the North. Summit-fever had developed as the date for the first all-important handshake drew near. But in Korea and around the world, those hopes turned to astonishment as the full implications of the summit became clear. South Korean President Kim Dae-jung's "sunshine policy" towards the North appeared finally to be bearing fruit.

Saturday, 16 February, 2002
Concerns cloud Bush's Korea policy
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/1824385.stm

President George W Bush's first official visit to Seoul was planned some time ago - aimed at cementing the close military and diplomatic ties between the two countries. But this visit reverberates to the waves created in his recent State of the Union address in January, in which he branded North Korea, along with Iran and Iraq, part of an "axis of evil", as a country which exports weapons of mass destruction. It has cast further dark shadows over the trademark sunshine policy of engagement with North Korea promoted by South Korea's President, Kim Dae Jung.

Oct 8, 2006
N. Korea Reports Nuclear Test
http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/200601008_north_korea_nuclear_test_successful/

Reports from North and South Korea say the communist authorities in North Korea have carried out their first ever test of a nuclear weapon. The North Korean state news agency said the underground test was a success. In South Korea, President Roh Moo-hyun convened a meeting of his top security officials following the reports. North Korea said last week that it planned to test a nuclear weapon, in defiance of international warnings, because of what it called US hostility.

Well done George, you and your neocon buddies "war on terror" is certainly paying dividends!

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