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Relander

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#1 10 years ago

BBC News | Asia-Pacific

N Korea demolishes reactor tower

North Korea has demolished the cooling tower at its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, in a symbol of its commitment to talks on ending its nuclear programme.

International television crews were invited to witness the tower being blown up.

The move comes a day after the isolated state handed over long-awaited details of its programme, but no account of the weapons many fear it has stockpiled.

In return, the US has agreed to lift some of its economic sanctions.

State media reported North Korea's Foreign Ministry had welcomed the US move on sanctions, regarding it as a "positive step".

The Yongbyon reactor was shut in July last year as part of a six-party agreement reached 16 months ago, when the North said it would scrap its nuclear ambitions in return for aid and diplomatic concessions.

Analysts say that while the destruction of the tower is not, in itself, a huge step forward, it is still being seen as an important gesture.

"It was a significant and very important step," said US state department official Sung Kim, who witnessed the event.

"As I saw it, it was a complete demolition."

The US has agreed to scrap sanctions under the Trading with the Enemy Act, and will begin the process of removing the state from its list of terrorist sponsors in August - but only if North Korea's nuclear declarations are verified.

"We assess this as a positive step and welcome it," a foreign ministry spokesman told the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

The reactor, 96 km (60 miles) north of Pyongyang, produced plutonium for the North's nuclear weapons test in 2006.

The BBC's world affairs correspondent said that blowing up the cooling tower meant it would take North Korea about a year to revive its plutonium production, and it would be obvious if it was doing so.

However, he added that "bigger hurdles remain" - including the critical issue of actual weapons stockpiles, as well as suspected North Korean proliferation activities - particularly the supposed Syrian connection.

South Korea said on Friday it hoped a new round of six-party talks - which also include North Korea, Japan, Russia, China and the US - could begin next month.

Meanwhile, the negotiating team has been poring over Pyongyang's 60-page declaration, submitted on Thursday.

Six months overdue, the account is expected to cover the North's plutonium production activities.

But the dossier omits any tally of its nuclear arsenal, any mention of a suspected uranium enrichment programme or claims it helped Syria build a nuclear facility, all denied by Pyongyang.

Mr Bush has emphasised moves to take the North off the US terror list would not begin for 45 days, and only if its nuclear declaration was verified.

But former US envoy to the UN John Bolton labelled the decision "shameful" and the "final collapse of Bush's foreign policy".

Of course this is just a first step but now it looks like North Korea is serious in turning the page in its relations on the rest of the world.

I'm cautiously optimistic but how about you? Will this be the start of a new era in the case of North Korea or is it just a trick to fool the West and major powers?




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#2 10 years ago
Relander;4406130 I'm cautiously optimistic but how about you? Will this be the start of a new era in the case of North Korea or is it just a trick to fool the West and major powers?

Anything but that :nodding:




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#3 10 years ago

North Korea destroying the tower is merely symbolic. A victory of diplomacy would be having fair elections in that nation, the reduction of military spending to feed the MANY impoverished citizens of that nation, having a regime that isn't overtly repressive, etc...

This is just a minuscule victory when you look at the big picture.




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#4 10 years ago
Jeffro;4406178North Korea destroying the tower is merely symbolic. A victory of diplomacy would be having fair elections in that nation, the reduction of military spending to feed the MANY impoverished citizens of that nation, having a regime that isn't overtly repressive, etc... This is just a minuscule victory when you look at the big picture.

I agreeā€¦I think Kim just misses the spotlight. Better he do this than nuke his neighbor to the south or Japan.




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#5 10 years ago

Its just a guise. Korea's gonna gain the west's trust, and when we don't expect anything. Thermonuclear World War. 'Nuff said.




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#6 10 years ago
Jeffro;4406178North Korea destroying the tower is merely symbolic. A victory of diplomacy would be having fair elections in that nation, the reduction of military spending to feed the MANY impoverished citizens of that nation, having a regime that isn't overtly repressive, etc...

The main objective of diplomacy towards North Korea has been to get the country to dismantle its nuclear program, not to get it having fair elections or reduction of military spending.

Besides the Yongbyon reactor was already shut down almost a year ago.




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#7 10 years ago

Well, it is good to see diplomacy working, for a change. It is a slow process and we won't know whether it works for a while, but it is still better than war.

A good thread, by the way. People need to be reminded of the small victories that can be achieved with diplomacy and of all the lives and resources that can be saved that way.




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#8 10 years ago

And yet thousands continue to starve to death. It's just a tower, it doesn't change the fact that North Korea is quite possibly one of the most oppressive and violent regimes in recent history. It's a step in the right direction, but it's a tiny, tiny, tiny step on thousand mile long road.




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#9 10 years ago
Afterburner;4406758And yet thousands continue to starve to death. It's just a tower,

Yes the Cooling tower to a nuclear reactor... :cort:




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#10 10 years ago
Edgecution;4406767Yes the Cooling tower to a nuclear reactor... :cort:

Starvation will kill alot more than any nuclear weapons NK might have mostly because not even they would be stupid enough to use them. They can have as many nukes as they want, if they would just feed their people and not slaughter anyone who disagrees.