Friday, May 8, 2009

Consequences... uh huh.

U.S. Special Representative to the Six-Party Talks Stephen W. Bosworth is in South Korea on his swing through the region to try and get the talks restarted, and is faced with a new round of North Korean hostility...
"If the North Koreans decide to carry out a second nuclear test, we will deal with the consequences of that, and there will be consequences," Bosworth told reporters after talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan on ways to resume the six-way talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.
Coming from the former head of KEDO, the Clinton-era effort to bribe the North Koreans into compliance with the Agreed Framework, well let's just say I'm not sure they are buying it, Professor.

You've already offered bilateral talks in parallel to the Six-Party negotiations, which is a fairly obvious effort to make-nice to the North Koreans by sidelining both Japan and the Republic of Korea. Somehow, they didn't get the memo or something, the North Koreans still feel they can get more by talking *at you* than by talking with you... and you start speaking of "consequences", after Dr. Susan Rice (AFRICA EXPERT) failed to get more than a letter declaring disappointment out of the UNSC after the recent missile test?

Mr. Bosworth, you were the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea for almost 4 years. You simply have no excuse for any misapprehensions about the North Koreans. Same goes for reading the PRC on this matter.

It isn't like you are Christopher Hill or something.

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