Thursday, October 04, 2007

North Korea To Dismantle Nuclear Program: Today's Cartoon

With North Korea's pledge to disclose and dismantle its nuclear program coinciding with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun's diplomatic visit to Pyongyang, it would appear that the regime of Kim Jong-il has been able to use the international spotlight on Iran to help improve its own standing in the world.

Much like after 9/11, when pressure was being put on Afghanistan and Iraq, Libya saw this as a chance for it to shed its own distinction as a "state sponsor of terrorism" by formally renouncing its WMD program at a time when doing so would benefit them the most in return. So, it seems to me that North Korea may be exhibiting the same sense of opportunity as Libya, by formally renouncing it's own WMD program ahead of a confrontation with another country over theirs.

You know, I wonder if any of these "rogue states" actually do develop these weapons with the intentions of using them against the United States... I mean, other than as a negotiating lever.

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