ANOTHER FAMOUS VICTORY – AT 9:02 A.M. ET: We regularly urge our readers not to avert their eyes from foreign threats as we run our election campaign. Foreign countries are not sitting still.
And what do these countries, especially the hostile ones, see when they look at America today? They see weakness. Consider this story of another American humiliation, this time at the hands of North Korea. From Foreign Policy:
Two North Korean government officials told a top U.S. official dealing with North Korea that the hermitic Stalinist state would not continue on its path to denuclearization, as promised in 2005, until the United States ends what it sees as America's hostile policy to the DPRK.
Clifford Hart, the Obama administration's special envoy to the now-defunct Six Party Talks, met with Han Song-ryol, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, and Choe Son Hui, the deputy director-general of the North American affairs bureau in the DPRK foreign ministry, late last month in China, two government officials briefed on the meeting told The Cable. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, which was held this year on Sept. 27 and 28 in the Chinese city of Dalian.
In the meeting, the DPRK officials reiterated their previously stated position that they would consider a review of their nuclear program only after the United States first ended what they allege is its hostile policy toward the DPRK, according to the officials. No progress was made on toward resuming negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program, both officials said.
This was the first bilateral meeting between U.S. and DPRK officials since the July meeting between Han and Hart in New York, and no future meetings are scheduled. In August, Han and Choe met with six American experts in a Track 2 dialogue in Singapore that included the participation of Joel Wit, a former U.S. nuclear negotiator, and Corey Hinderstein, vice president of the international program at the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
TRANSLATED: North Korea will ignore American demands. In fact, we've gotten nothing out of North Korea. They now have the atomic bomb, as Iran soon will, and they export their deadly technology to our enemies. The nuclear reactor in Syria destroyed by Israel some years ago came from North Korea.
And what will be the punishment for North Korea if Obama is re-elected? A lollipop.
October 16, 2012