Friday, May 25, 2007

North Korea fires missiles

The BBC is reporting that North Korea has sent some short-range missiles hurling toward the Sea of Japan (or East Sea, whichever you prefer). That's all the info I have for now, but no doubt the speculation on what it means, why they did it, and what will happen now to the 'Agreement', will keep journalists, analysts and bloggers very busy over the next few days.

And to add a bit of complexity in case you thought this was all too easy, the IHT tells us the DPRK is expecting mutual de-nuclearisation. The DPRK has said that
denuclearisation also depended on the removal "of more than one thousand nuclear weapons deployed in and around North Korea under the U.S. nuclear umbrella and termination of the U.S. hostile policy toward (North Korea) and its nuclear threat as well."

Christopher Hill, the chief U.S. negotiator at the North Korean disarmament talks, said in Manila Friday that he has not seen Pyongyang's report but rejected its claims.
Needless to say, I don't agree with that assertion," he told a news conference on the sidelines of the forum.
Throwing missiles into the sea, claiming to be committed to peace and demanding that US remove its nuclear umbrella in Asia - could they be any more self-contradicting?

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