Eun, two, three: Here we go again with North Korea

TSGT James Mossman, U.S. Air Force

The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), People's Army guards march in formation to their appointed posts during a repatriation ceremony in the Panmunjom Joint Security Area.

Ah, the power of engagement. New North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun has reportedly agreed to a wide-ranging deal with the Obama administration. According to the State Department, the Norks will

“… implement a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear tests, and nuclear activities at Yongbyon, including uranium enrichment activities.” Also part of the deal: the return of IAEA inspectors to verify any moratorium on enrichment and confirm the reactor at Yongbyon is disabled. What’s the quid to Pyongyang’s quo? 240,000 metric tons of food aid to North Korea.

If you’re hearing a little bit of snark in my tone, it’s because we’ve been on this roadtrip before with NK. They’ve never abided by, no joke, a single agreement. But they’ve pulled the wool over the eyes of successive administrations, always with the eager acquiescence of the Department of State (often in the person of Wendy Sherman, now reincarnated as Undersecretary of State for Policy), and under the trustful eyes of the intelligence community, which denied North Korea had a uranium enrichment program even after the Norks told… TOLD… American negotiators that they did.

So here’s what I’m looking for:

1. Verification.

2. Proof NK isn’t diverting food to its military, which it has done with all such previous shipments.

3. Evidence the Obama administration is demanding an end to Pyongyang’s proliferation of missiles and possibly nuclear tech to Iran, Syria, and anyone else with a buck to spare.

Once those things are in the bag, we can start on freedom, human rights, rapprochement with the civilized world, etc. This time could be different. But keep your eyes open, and be informed by this litany of past agreements and transgressions by North Korea compiled by the fine folks at the Senate Republican Policy Committee:

 January 1992:  North Korea agrees to permit IAEA inspections of North Korean nuclear facilities.
 January 1993:  North Korea refuses IAEA access to suspect nuclear sites.
 October 1994:  The Clinton Administration completes the Agreed Framework with North Korea providing for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and extensive energy assistance from the United States.
 August 1998:   North Korea test fires a missile over Japan.
 September 1999:  North Korea institutes a moratorium on long-range missile tests.
 January 2003:  North Korea withdraws from the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).
 September 2005:  A Joint Statement is issued from the six-party talks, in which North Korea committed “to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs” in exchange for energy and economic cooperation and steps toward normalization.
 September 2005:  North Korea quits the six-party talks a week later.
 July 4, 2006:  North Korea tests seven missiles, including one long-range missile.
 October 2006:  North Korea proclaims it tested a nuclear weapon.
 February 2007:  An Initial Actions Plan is completed in an effort to move forward the September 2005 Joint Statement, in which North Korea agrees to shut down its Yongbyon nuclear facility within 60 days “and invite back IAEA personnel to conduct all necessary monitoring and verifications,” in return for an initial shipment of emergency energy assistance.  North Korea never fulfills this promise.
 September 2007:  Israel destroys a building in Syria the IAEA concludes “was very likely a nuclear reactor” and was “comparable” to the nuclear reactors at Yongbyon in North Korea.
 October 2007:  North Korea agrees “to provide a complete and correct declaration of all its nuclear programs—including clarification regarding the uranium issue—by the end of the year.”  This agreement, too, is never implemented.
 April 2009:  North Korea tests a long-range missile directed at threatening the United States.
 April 2009:   North Korea expels IAEA inspectors from Yongbyon.
 May 2009:  North Korea announces it conducted a nuclear weapon test.
 March 2010:  North Korea sinks the South Korean ship Cheonan, causing the murder of the 46 sailors aboard.
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