North Korea Offers to Stop Nuclear Tests

Winston Churchill once called Russia “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” a description that today seems applicable to North Korea. We used to believe Churchill meant that there was no rhyme or reason to Russia’s actions, but two years ago Marty came across the full quote: “[Russia] is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”

To solve the riddle of how to get North Korea to stop nuclear testing, we have to find a solution that takes their national interests into account. And we don’t have to look very hard since North Korea proposed just such a solution two years ago and again last week. Here’s the key part from last week’s offer: Continue reading “North Korea Offers to Stop Nuclear Tests”

Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea: The Real Story

The media tells us that nuclear diplomacy with North Korea is a waste of time, as do most high officials from every recent US administration. But easily verifiable facts show otherwise. The most important data point: North Korea did not do its first nuclear test until four years after Pres. Bush tore up our nuclear agreement with the North, known as the 1994 Agreed Framework. Continue reading “Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea: The Real Story”