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Good News out of N Korea ?

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posted on Jul, 15 2007 @ 11:49 PM
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SEOUL, South Korea - United Nations inspectors have verified that North Korea has shut down its sole functioning nuclear reactor, the chief of the watchdog agency said Monday, confirming the isolated country had taken its first step in nearly five years to halt production of atomic weapons.

South Korea sent more oil to the North on Monday to reward its compliance with an international disarmament agreement.

"Our inspectors are there. They verified the shutting down of the reactor yesterday," said Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency.

"The process has been going quite well and we have had good cooperation from North Korea. It's a good step in the right direction," ElBaradei said in Bangkok, where he was to attend an event sponsored by Thailand's Ministry of Science.

South Korean Unification Minister Lee Jae-joung said a second shipment of oil departed Monday for the North on a ship. A first shipment that arrived Saturday _ prompting the North to follow through on its pledge to shut the reactor _ has been completely offloaded, Lee said at a meeting with U.S. nuclear envoy Christopher Hill.

The two shipments are part of 50,000 tons of oil that the North will receive for the reactor shutdown. Under a February agreement at international arms talks, North Korea will receive a total equivalent of 1 million tons of oil for dismantling its nuclear programs.

A North Korean diplomat said Sunday that his country was willing to discuss disclosing the full extent of its nuclear programs as well as disabling them as long as the U.S. removed all sanctions against the impoverished country.

Hill said Monday during his meeting with Lee that Washington moving to remove the North's pariah status would depend on the North's continued compliance with its disarmament promises.

"With complete denuclearization, everything is going to be possible," Hill said.

The North said it shut down the reactor, which generates plutonium for atomic bombs, on Saturday. It was the first on-the-ground achievement toward scaling back the country's nuclear ambitions since an international standoff began in late 2002.

The North's Foreign Ministry said Sunday that further progress on disarmament would depend "on what practical measures the U.S. and Japan, in particular, will take to roll back their hostile policies toward" North Korea. North Korea wants normal relations with both countries.

The ministry noted that North Korea acted to shut down its nuclear reactor even before receiving all 50,000 tons of oil, adding that was "a manifestation of its good faith toward the agreement," according to a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

Still, North Korea emphasized Sunday that it did not view the oil as aid and that the U.N. inspectors' activities were restricted in scope.

"The provision of substitute energy including heavy oil is by no means 'aid' in the form of charity but compensation for the (North's) suspension of its nuclear facilities and the activities of the IAEA in (Yongbyon) are not 'inspection' but limited to verification and monitoring," the ministry said.

North Korea is set to participate in a renewed session of six-party disarmament talks this week in Beijing along with China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the U.S.

Hill, a U.S. assistant secretary of state, has said the negotiations would focus on a "work plan and a timeframe" for how disarmament would proceed, adding he planned to meet his North Korean counterpart Tuesday ahead of the formal start of talks.

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Associated Press writer Mike Casey in Bangkok, Thailand contributed to this report.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. .




If this proves to be true it would certainly go a long way towards relieving world tensions. I would really love to believe that this was true. I have always thought that WWIII would be with China and N Korea seems a logical place to fire it up.

[edit on 16-7-2007 by duster]




posted on Jul, 18 2007 @ 01:00 AM
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Ok when i first heard about this i was ecstatic, because i was led to believe that North Korea had actual nuclear missiles. But all they had was a Power Plant? What gives? If We're (U.S.) so concerned about the byproduct being used for weapons why not set up a program with the UN for disposing of the byproduct from all nations, Because i hardly find it fair that we can have all the nuclear waste to make bombs with and no one else can. Granted i don't think anyone should have Nukes, IMO its the biggest perversion of science ever. because if a bomb was never made from Nuclear technology then the whole world could be using nuclear power right now. But i guess theres always gonna be that guy that says "hey i bet we could blow something up with that". Its kinda sad really because a lot of these third world countries could really benefit from Nuclear Power plants, but because we don't trust them we pressure them to shut them down.

am i ranting?



posted on Jul, 18 2007 @ 03:25 AM
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Originally posted by bassistchris
Ok when i first heard about this i was ecstatic, because i was led to believe that North Korea had actual nuclear missiles. But all they had was a Power Plant? What gives? If We're (U.S.) so concerned about the byproduct being used for weapons why not set up a program with the UN for disposing of the byproduct from all nations, Because i hardly find it fair that we can have all the nuclear waste to make bombs with and no one else can. Granted i don't think anyone should have Nukes, IMO its the biggest perversion of science ever. because if a bomb was never made from Nuclear technology then the whole world could be using nuclear power right now. But i guess theres always gonna be that guy that says "hey i bet we could blow something up with that". Its kinda sad really because a lot of these third world countries could really benefit from Nuclear Power plants, but because we don't trust them we pressure them to shut them down.

am i ranting?



Hardly, I agree with you, it doesn't make any sense. If you had to supply a entire country with energy, and Nuclear energy is the most effeciant and affordable, why lable the country a threat?

Im not saying North Korea wouldn't be a threat if they had a couple of nukes, but you would be too after all the SANCTIONS.

Just go back in history, not to far back, just Pearl Harbor. Why did Japan attack America? Because the qaulity of life detriated rapidly while under U.S. sanctions.


A side note, I dont like how Russia, China, Japan and North Korea are starting to talk and be so friendly. Russia and China are doing joint military operations throughout Russia, Japan just recently (not that it surprises me) claimed they would never forgive America for what they did, and Japan's technology far exeeds anything that has come out of the States. Add North Korea into the mix and you can be more than positive there is a threat brewing in the East.



posted on Jul, 19 2007 @ 12:32 AM
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If the main thrust of N Koreas nucleur program was to supply power than why do they refuse to let in third party inspectors ? It is a mystery to me why anone would believe the power scam when they are so dilligently working on their missle systems simultaniously with their nucleur work.

It just doesn't smell right to me.

I would definately not be comfortable with N Korea having nucleur capabilities based on the fact that they have probably the most radical and unpredictable government in the world at this point in time.



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