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Kim Jong-il Backpedals on Nuke Test

Apparently he's sorry for creating such a fuss:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret about his country's nuclear test to a Chinese delegation and said Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign to financially isolate the country, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.


"If the U.S. makes a concession to some degree, we will also make a concession to some degree, whether it be bilateral talks or six-party talks," Kim was quoted as telling a Chinese envoy, the mass- circulation Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a diplomatic source in China.

Kim told the Chinese delegation that "he is sorry about the nuclear test," the newspaper reported.

I don't get it. Why the change of heart?

Oh, yeah. Of course.

It's Karl Rove's doing.

Hat tip: Drudge.

Update: As usual, Jim Addison offers some great insight:

"Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign to financially isolate the country" . . .


They aren't talking about the current UN sanctions, it is the US financial sanctions which have shut down DPRK money laundering through Asian banks, particularly in Malaysia, which precipitated their withdrawal from the six-party talks in the first place. These sanctions have shut off the easy income from counterfeiting US currency, and will not be lifted under any circumstances.


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Comments (23)

"I don't get it. Why the... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"I don't get it. Why the change of heart?"

Sanctions. It should have been done years ago, but the Republicans were too busy making up phony excuses for staying in Iraq to be concerned.

Ooops, but it's too late anyway. He already has the nuke -- oh well. At least the Republicans are pretending to be interested now.

All the Chinese did was convince him the time to start making his demands was now, before the election, rather than afterwards.

And last, but not least, <a... (Below threshold)
Lee:

And last, but not least, the smoking gun.

Vital - he said vital, people.

This was April, 2002.

Wake up.

He's apologizing because ap... (Below threshold)
Duane Dostie:

He's apologizing because appearing to bow to sanctions plays to the left in this country and if successful will buy him time to advance his nuclear goals. Christ people, what's so hard about this?

Duane

It's hard for people like L... (Below threshold)
GoldenGreg:

It's hard for people like Lee to understand. The enemies know how to play people like him. I, of ALL people know the mentality, living in the Bay area since '75. Raised in the "we all understand" ideal since everyone here is just as brainwashedand living in the highly populated areas (police please take care of us), it is nothing new. Poor Lee couldn;t wait but 5 minutes until his seconds uncontested post, just to post again to show he must be the "man".
I post rarely, but this is only because Kim "Shrimp" Dong finally realizes China is serious. HE could care less about sanctions since he starves his people already (read up Moron Lee, ( I look back to to real trolls who had brains like Mantis). Duane has a point too, the left is very usefull...

Poor old Lee. Member of a p... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Poor old Lee. Member of a party that has screamed for years "Take it to the U.N." Again the U.N. failed and the president of the United States started to blockade the idiot in North Korea so he couldn't get his favorite booze and he drops to his knees. If the democrats win this year they will do so much damage to the United States and get so many people killed they will ruin themselves forever. It going to be a comical two years, except for the families of the thousands killed in cities across the country.
No member of the democratic party in congress can be trusted with Top Secret information. Now another has been fingered for leaking to the NYT. At least they blame it on a staffer, not on Leaky Leahy. Oh, that's right. leaky isn't allowed around classified information.
Kind of like the lady congressional democratic candidiate out west who said Slick Willie could visit and raise money for her campaign, but he had better stay away from her daughter. Even democrats don't trust democrats. No one else should. What a bunch of criminals.

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."
Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seing and developing weapons of mass destruction."
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.

"Duane has a point too,t... (Below threshold)
914:

"Duane has a point too,the left is very useful.."

Yes, As in Useful IDIOTS!

Everyone is reading waaaaay... (Below threshold)

Everyone is reading waaaaay too much into this.

"Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign to financially isolate the country" . . .

They aren't talking about the current UN sanctions, it is the US financial sanctions which have shut down DPRK money laundering through Asian banks, particularly in Malaysia, which precipitated their withdrawal from the six-party talks in the first place. These sanctions have shut off the easy income from counterfeiting US currency, and will not be lifted under any circumstances.

So.. are we gonna update hi... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

So.. are we gonna update his theme song from "So Ronery" to "So Sorry"?

I'll say this, however: It is refreshing to see that Lee realizes that this is timed to effect the US elections, and designed to hurt the majority party. He, however, sides with China and NoKo (among other repressive regimes) in wanting to see Bush and friends out on the street.

"He, however, sides with... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"He, however, sides with China and NoKo (among other repressive regimes) in wanting to see Bush and friends out on the street."

The entire world wants the Republicans out of power in Washington, enemies and allies alike. Countries such as North Korea and Iran are our enemies precisely because of the fact that Republicans are in power. Example: Our allies in Britain will not be at our side the next time we need them, unless there is a regime change in Washington.

Fortunately, American voters are waking up to the fact that the policies and practices of the right-wing evangelical nutcakes has made us less safe, not more.

It's time for a change.

"Countries such as North... (Below threshold)
Stormin:

"Countries such as North Korea and Iran are our enemies precisely because of the fact that Republicans are in power."

Were you born yesterday? We have been in a state of war with NK since 1951. I have been to Panmumjom during the Armistice Commission Meetings, videotaping upwards of 10 different meetings. Every meeting had the same tone; NK haranguing about "US Imperialist agression". While I was in Korea, the NK sent at least 7 different teams into ROK territory to either gather intel, blow something up, or create mayhem. The North Koreans hate us because we stopped them from taking over the South, not because a Republican is in the White House.

And refresh my memory, numbnuts, what party was in the White House when Iran took over our embassy and held our diplomats for over a year? They loved us so much they wanted to make sure we were well cared for, right?

Your partisanship is so blatant that a blind man could see it.

ignorant comments like Lee'... (Below threshold)
jp:

ignorant comments like Lee's are a look into the alternate universe they choose to live, where everyone sits around and sings kumbaya, take alot of drugs and have alot of abortions if they choose too......kinda like a hippie commune.

dear God, the thought of the political ignorants(the Left) in this country gaining any more power than they already have.

Lee: The entire world wants... (Below threshold)
LJD:

Lee: The entire world wants the Republicans out of power in Washington, enemies and allies alike.

Well fortunately (and very likely contrary to your visions of a socialist utopia) THEY DON'T GET A VOTE!

Pop your head out, and wash the crap out of your ears...

"Were you born yesterday... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"Were you born yesterday? We have been in a state of war with NK since 1951."

Did you read the news yesterday? NoKo has the nuke.

"Your partisanship is so blatant that a blind man could see it."

I am not a Republican. Try it, Stormin, repeat after me. I am not a Republican.

Now, isn't it great to feel like an American again?

Funny, I have never stopped... (Below threshold)
Stormin:

Funny, I have never stopped feeling like an American, and have prided myself on being an independent.

My point (which obviuosly sailed right over your head) was that the two countries that you named as being enemies of the US, only became enemies of the US when Bush took office according to you. Let's see, NK has hated us for 55+ years (funny happened under a Dem president) and Iran for 27+ years (again under a Dem president), but you would have us believe that they only started hating us when Bush took office.

Can you say revisionist history? I knew you could as it is your specialty.

"but you would have us b... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"but you would have us believe that they only started hating us when Bush took office."

No, but they've moved agressively forward with a plan to kill us now that the Republicans have pushed forward an agressive agenda to kill them...

The right-wing evagelical agenda of the Republicans is making America less safe, not more.

Stormin, responding to and ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Stormin, responding to and with Lee is like talking to a brick. Same IQ, but with a brick you do not get the idiotic replies. Dealing with people like Lee is playing a fools game. I understand there are paid trolls who infect decent websites such as this to spread the lies so prevalent on Kos and DU. I do not know if our local group of trolls are professional, or just self made morons. Funny, if you read the posts here, just bypassing those of the ones you know are BS, you get a pretty good discussion.

One thing is certain. The ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

One thing is certain. The democrats will make no effort to kill any terrorist. Never have, never will. Hell, you don't even want to use harsh methods in questioning them. If I were in charge, they would be so afraid of American forces, they would shit there pants and the sight of an American Soldier.

"I understand there are ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"I understand there are paid trolls who infect decent websites such as this to spread the lies so prevalent on Kos and DU. "

Got a link? or did you pick that up off a bathroom stall wall, Zelda?

Or did you make it up? That's my guess. It's a typical brownshirt tactic. Seriously, Zelda - I'm calling you on this one - what's your source?

Now, that's rich! A shill f... (Below threshold)
Lurking Observer:

Now, that's rich! A shill for Islamic fascists demanding information from others on a blog.

And calling others a brownshirt in the process!

That's funny, I don't care who you are!

Roooooooooooooooooooooove, ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Roooooooooooooooooooooove, We love ya!

Now now fellows you got old... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Now now fellows you got old "pucker puss"'s (lee lee) dander up. Better watch out he may "kiss" you you know where. (snicker snicker) Is "p' p'" from SF on the left coast. If so that explains alot. Hmmm.

I see the three stooges sho... (Below threshold)
Lee:

I see the three stooges showed up - but no Zelda!

Maybe he's headed back to the park restroom to look up the info...

Lee, Kim is Ronery and very... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Lee, Kim is Ronery and very Sorry.

Just like you.

Have a great day.




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