South Korea Nuclear Reaction
South Korea's editorialists took a wide view of the joint statement issued by the six countries negotiating over North Korea's nuclear program.
Dong-A Ilbo said the agreement can free Koreans from the fear of nuclear war. The Seoul daily praised the government for offering electricity provisions to the North, and persuading the United States to accept Pyongyang's right to peaceful nuclear power.
The more conservative Chosun Ilbo said the agreement "papered over" the differences between the Koreas with the term "at an appropriate time."
Cheong Wook Sik of Ohmynews noted that the term finessed the very difficult queston of "Who goes first?" Does North Korea disarm first, as demanded by Washington? Or do the other countries first provide North Korea with light water reactors (LWRs) for peaceful use, as demanded by Pyongyang.
U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill said "the appropriate time" to talk about nuclear power was after North Korea disarmed. The Korean Central News Agency, the bizarrely interesting Web site of the North Korean government, said Monday that the U.S. demand was "brigandish" and that the LWRs had to be provided first.
To be continued.
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