**Posted by Phineas
Only a fool or the Clinton State Department (but I repeat myself) couldn’t see this one coming:
North Korea said on Tuesday that it was abandoning an agreement it made in February with the United States, in which it promised to suspend uranium enrichment, nuclear tests and long-range missile tests.
The North Korean Foreign Ministry said that it “resolutely and totally” rejected the United Nations Security Council’s condemnation of its failed rocket launching last week, and that it would continue to launch rockets to try to place satellites into orbit.
The ministry’s statement hinted, but did not make clear, that the North may now conduct a long-range missile or nuclear test.
No longer bound by the deal, “we have thus become able to take necessary retaliatory measures,” the ministry said in the statement, which was carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. “The U.S. will be held wholly accountable for all the ensuing consequences.”
The United States had already suspended its side of the deal because of the rocket launching, including 240,000 tons of food aid the United States had promised to the North.
The collapse of the deal cost the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency a chance to send inspectors into the isolated country for the first time in three years. And analysts said it made further North Korean provocations more likely.
Let’s be honest: North Korea had no intention of keeping the agreement, just as they never had any intention of truly honoring any agreement they’ve made since at least the horribly naive Agreed Framework deal signed under Bill Clinton. North Korea, even under the latest “Dear Leader,” was going to take as much as they could get from
the suckers the West while cheating on any deal. Then, when discovered and chastised, they would (again) throw a fit, threaten war, and bargain for more free stuff in return for a promise (soon to be broken) to be good. This time for real. They promise.
North Korea is, after all, a “mountain bandit state;” why should we be surprised when they act like bandits?
So, why’d they break the agreement so soon after signing, instead of cheating in secret? Well, I’m willing to bet the “Sun of the 21st Century” and his coterie of
toadies babysitters junior tyrants loyal comrades in Socialism and juche were a bit embarrassed when their latest symbol of Freudian compensation missile exploded and fell into the sea soon after launch. Kind of humiliating for anyone, let alone the world’s largest prison camp masquerading as a nation.
Thus, the proper response was, again, to act like a mountain bandit and bluster and threaten and act scary-crazy, until the other side again gives you what you want. No doubt there will be, as they say, “further provocations.” At least until we agree to appease them one more time.
Lather, rinse, and repeat.
via The PJ Tatler
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)