Thursday, June 02, 2005
Cheney Successfully Torpedoes Korean Negotiations
The John Bolton School of Negotiating wins another "victory." BBC News reports:|
A North Korean spokesman said Mr Cheney's remarks were tantamount to asking Pyongyang to stop negotiating.Does George Bush seriously plan to attack both Iran and North Korea while bogged down in Iraq? Will W and his Bush League minions march US armed forces across Iran before shipping them to North Korea? Has Mr. Bush decided to re-fight the Korean War, too? Inquiring minds want to know...
Mr Cheney, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, called North Korean leader Kim Jong-il "one of the world's most irresponsible leaders".
North Korea has not taken part in the nuclear talks for a year.
The North Korean spokesman stressed that Mr Cheney's comments, made in an interview with CNN, came at a point when the US and North Korea had reopened its channel of discussion through the UN in New York.
"The remarks of Cheney, boss of the hawkish hard-liners, revealed the true colours of this group steering the implementation of the policy of the Bush administration," North Korea's KCNA news agency quoted the foreign ministry spokesman as saying.
"What Cheney uttered at a time when the issue of the six-party talks is high on the agenda is little short of telling the DPRK [North Korea] not to come out for the talks."
The spokesman also described Mr Cheney as a "cruel monster and bloodthirsty beast".
North Korea also denounced a move by the US last week to send 15 stealth bombers to the South.
"The United States would be well advised to promptly take out of South Korea the F-117 stealth fighter bombers and other military hardware, stop its war moves against the North and withdraw its aggression forces at an early date," KCNA said.
The North described the move as part of a plan for nuclear war.
(Source: BBC News N Korea denounces Cheney remarks June 2, 2005 [Emphasis added.]