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Insight: Obama's North Korean leap of faith turns to ashes
Reuters ^ | 03/30/12 | Andrew Quinn

Posted on 03/30/2012 6:09:45 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Insight: Obama's North Korean leap of faith turns to ashes

2:39am EDT

By Andrew Quinn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. diplomats filed into North Korea's grim embassy in Beijing last month they found an unlikely surprise: Starbucks.

Their hosts, led by North Korean's chief nuclear negotiator Kim Kye-gwan, had ordered U.S.-style coffee for talks both sides hoped would lead to new negotiations on Pyongyang's nuclear program and to resumed U.S. food shipments to one of the most feared and secretive countries in the world.

There were more surprises to come.

Five days later, the United States and North Korea simultaneously unveiled a unique and potentially far-reaching agreement, dubbed the "Leap Day" deal because it was announced on February 29 - that chronological oddity that occurs only every fourth year.

North Korea promised a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests, and to open itself to new international inspections.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: leapday; missile; nkorea; northkorea; obama; obamanorthkorea
What else is new? They say, "This time it is different," but this time is no different from last time. I am sure some idiots in D.C. thought that their 'brilliant' diplomacy finally paid off. I think E. Asian Desk at State Dept. should be headed by a Marine general. That will bring better results.
1 posted on 03/30/2012 6:09:52 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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P!


2 posted on 03/30/2012 6:11:15 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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bump


3 posted on 03/30/2012 6:12:14 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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We should pull ALL our troops out and tell China “here ya go boys, all your problem now”.


4 posted on 03/30/2012 6:14:56 AM PDT by DManA
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I don’t think a starving country turns down 240,000 tons in food aid to launch a rocket.

Tha doesn’t make sense.

Kim3 needs to impress the Generals. He needs to be a “war hero” for internal propaganda purposes. Past history shows that South Korea’s response to provocation is always weak and ineffective.

South Korea’s “proportional” response usually makes the NK regime stronger and more emboldened. I am still wondering what the “proportional” response to the Cheonan, Korea Air flight 858, and the submarine infiltration thing was.


5 posted on 03/30/2012 6:17:50 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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What else is new? They say, "This time it is different," but this time is no different from last time.

Kinda reminds me of the GOP Presidential nominating process.

6 posted on 03/30/2012 6:41:01 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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The only difference is that they are dealing with Junior now.


7 posted on 03/30/2012 6:44:56 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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At this point letting them starve seems the only way to get their attention. The only trouble besides the human concerns with that attitude is somebody else will take it as an opportunity to cozy up to them, so an embargo would have to be enforced at sea. The Chinese would still be able to bring aid across the border but they might be persuaded to keep it small. Collapse the regime, take away the food.


8 posted on 03/30/2012 6:47:03 AM PDT by dog breath
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on target


9 posted on 03/30/2012 7:05:06 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "If Greece has been knocking back the ouzo, we're face down in the vat.")
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More than likely he will take the 240k tons of food. Then launch the missle and threaten launching more if we dont ship more food.


10 posted on 03/30/2012 7:44:24 AM PDT by Bailee
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I don’t understand how anyone, especially someone with the power of the POTUS, can sip “American” coffee and ignore the truth about North Korea. It’s a hell on earth.


11 posted on 03/30/2012 8:21:38 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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More than likely he will take the 240k tons of food. Then launch the missle and threaten launching more if we dont ship more food.

That's what they've done the last half-dozen times. No reason to think they'd change now.

12 posted on 03/30/2012 8:49:11 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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I think race thing Obama dont care about Asia it not his people RIGHT you got remember Obama come from generation that stick to their hoods Asians stick with their own African American stick it own etc etc

I hate to say it is true


13 posted on 03/30/2012 9:18:36 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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I think race thing Obama dont care about Asia it not his people RIGHT you got remember Obama come from generation that stick to their hoods Asians stick with their own African American stick it own etc etc

I hate to say it is true


14 posted on 03/30/2012 9:18:45 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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