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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:52 PM
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North Korea says strives for nuclear-free peninsula
Source: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons if its national sovereignty were respected and it did not face a nuclear threat, the country's ambassador to Britain said Monday.

But, at the same time, Ambassador Ja Song Nam complained that the world subjected North Korea to double standards and said he doubted there could ever be genuine peace and security while this continued to be the case.

The United Nations Security Council approved expanded sanctions and a trade and arms embargo against North Korea in June after Pyongyang carried out a nuclear test on May 25.

China said Monday its prime minister, Wen Jiabao, would visit reclusive North Korea next week, raising speculation that the trip could help revive stalled talks with global powers on ending Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE58R56R2...
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:53 PM
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1. I thought they wanted a South Korea free peninsula?
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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:01 PM
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2. See they have China as an ally who would be their defacto nuclear assistance.
South Korea would never even think of doing this.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:06 PM
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3. They certainly have a novel approach to it.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:11 PM
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4. Well played.
:thumbsup:
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JonQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:12 PM
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5. Well that statement if half correct
they certainly don't want the south possessing nukes.

But it's kind of hard to claim you don't want nuclear weapons when you are actively and aggressively seeking nuclear weapons.
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 10:39 PM
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11. Maybe they're hoping no-one will notice they've got nukes and they threaten to use them?
Maybe their ambassador has been told by a few other govts that as soon as the word *peace* is uttered in a sentence, no-one takes any notice of what they're actually doing and they just listen to those nice sounding words instead ;)
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dr_aswan Donating Member (34 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:14 PM
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6. are they moving their country somewhere? n/t
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JonQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:21 PM
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7. They would like to expand it a little
southward perhaps. I hear it's nice this time of year.
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rayofreason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 10:16 PM
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8. What a joke.
The DPRK leaders have created the worst hellhole on the planet, complete with mass famines. The nukes are the insurance policy for the DPRK gangsters to stay in power and extort goodies from the world to keep the secret police well supplied with iPods, whiskey, etc., and in order to keep a lid on the situation and run the concentration camps.

Real national sovereignty would mean a revolution with a short rope and a long drop for Kim Jong Il and company.
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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 10:23 PM
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10. Sovereignty doesn't mean a certain social system.
N. Korea is a sovereign state. Not one I'd want to live in. But it is an independent country, without foreign troops or bases on its soil.
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DissedByBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 10:17 PM
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9. What do they want now?
Seriously. They never make any moves like this without wanting something. They build nukes, and then want the world to pay them to lose the nukes. It's a damn extortion campaign.
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lurky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 11:55 PM
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12. After they launch all their nukes at Japan and Hawaii,
the peninsula will indeed be nuclear-free.


"Haha! We're disarmed now!"
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