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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:32 PM
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North Korea says it is willing to abandon nuclear ambitions for a price,
North Korea says it is willing to abandon nuclear ambitions for a price, as California congressman visits
SANG-HUN CHOE, Associated Press Writer

Saturday, January 8, 2005


(01-08) 12:24 PST SEOUL, South Korea (AP) --

North Korea said Saturday it was willing to abandon its nuclear weapons programs, but it demanded a change in American policy as a California congressman critical of the communist state's human rights records visited Pyongyang.

The statement, which echoed the North's earlier stance, appeared to be timed for a visit by Rep. Tom Lantos, the ranking Democrat on the House International Relations Committee.

It also came a day after U.S. officials said one of Washington's harshest critics of North Korea, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, will resign his post.

"Our consistent stance is to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and resolve the problem through dialogue," said a spokesman of North Korea's Foreign Ministry. "If the United States really wants to resolve the nuclear problem through dialogue, it should show through action that it is giving up a hostile policy aimed at toppling our system, and take the road toward coexistence."

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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:34 PM
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1. Can Bush get played by Kim Jong-Il too?
The likelihood is very high.
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BOHICA06 Donating Member (886 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:37 PM
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2. And we believe this because ...
why? N. Korea makes * look like a non-starter in the double speak world. Kim is like a gift that keeps on giving - like Franco.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:41 PM
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3. He is a FANTATIC golfer too
He got 7 holes-in-one and shot a 38 not too long ago.

Seriously that was what the NK press reported.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:04 PM
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4. Perhaps the payoff should include a few new golf courses?
We may actually make some headway then. :shrug:
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AZCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:11 PM
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5. My Putt-Putt Golf score is around 38 also
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 12:31 PM
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12. Man, that is amzing!
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AlbizuX Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:21 PM
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6. i really don't care that NK is...
an untrustworthy Stalinist regime...they don't bother us, they don't invade other counties...let their people deal with the totalitarian shithole that the country is right now....

that being said, if Kim says that a pledge of non-aggression from the United States would end their nuclear ambitions, why not try it? If it's found that he continues after such a pledge, the United States would have ample legal ground to break the treaty (since the North Koreans had not honored it). That's the worst case scenario.

The best case scenario is that it works, and North Korea and South Korea can renew their reunification talks (which were under way under Clinton).

Why is the Bush administration so damn adamant on acting like assholes with North Korea?
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BOHICA06 Donating Member (886 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:30 PM
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9. Now it may be awhile ago ....
they don't invade other counties

But I must say they do invade other countries and they have had continuity in leadship and outlook!
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Boosterman Donating Member (515 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:58 PM
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7. I heard they will give up their nuclear weapons program if
we will only help them with their space sprogram ;)
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Old Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:58 PM
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8. what about the rumor that Little Kim is dead?
Anyone have any info/thoughts one way or the other?
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 12:23 PM
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10. kick
:kick:
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infusionman Donating Member (191 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 12:29 PM
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11. More like extortion than a price...
Here you have a country who's leaders are starving and murdering their people all so that a few of them can live in luxury.

On the other hand, Chicken Shit King George is a coward and will not go after North Korea because he's afraid they could kick our ass.

The way things are right now, they probably could kick our ass. Except if we vaporize them.
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