Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hold the phone! Comrade Kim promises to denuclearize the peninsula!

And this is the how-many-times-th time?

Anyway, this is from Reuters:
While Kim Jong-il has made, and broken, similar pledges before, analysts said pressure has been mounting through U.N. sanctions imposed after its nuclear test last year, as well as a botched currency reform that the South said sparked inflation and rare civil unrest.

China's Xinhua news agency said Kim reiterated his country's "persistent stance to realize the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" during a meeting Monday with senior Chinese official Wang Jiarui.

North Korea's top nuclear negotiator, Kim Kye-gwan, arrived in Beijing Tuesday, suggesting a possible resumption of stalled discussions hosted by China and including Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States.

"Dispatching Kim Kye-gwan indicates that some sort of understanding is being worked out between China and North Korea on restarting the nuclear talks," said Cheong Seong-Chang, a senior fellow at the Sejong Institute think tank near Seoul.
I'm fairly certain we'll see the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula only when the DPRK regime has collapsed and ROK and US forces go in and sweep those puppies up.

UPDATE: 
Links also found at AP (via WaPo), AFP, and Yonhap.

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