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Apr 22nd, 2007, 07:01 AM
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea agreed Sunday to send 400,000 tons of rice to impoverished North Korea despite the communist government's failure to meet a deadline to shut down its nuclear reactor.
The agreement was reached early Sunday after five days of economic aid talks in the North Korean capital. It was seen as a setback in South Korea's attempt to use food aid as leverage to pressure the North to honor its pledge to shut down the reactor under the Feb. 13 nuclear disarmament deal with the United States and its regional partners.
The first batch of rice will be sent in late May, the agreement said. The South will ship 350,000 tons, and the remaining 50,000 tons be driven over land, across the world's most heavily fortified border. There were no conditions attached to the aid delivery, according to the agreement.
The Koreas also agreed Sunday to test a railway service to run on rebuilt rail tracks across their shared border. The North promised its military would guarantee the safety of travelers during the rail tests on May 17.
Last year, the North unilaterally called off a similar planned test run, citing objections from its military.
The two sides also agreed that South Korea would send raw materials for making clothes, shoes and soap to the North. In exchange, the South would have the right to develop mineral resources in the North.
Seoul, a key aid donor to the North, has sent more than 2 million tons of rice since the mid-1990s, when natural disasters and mismanagement devastated North Korea's economy and led to a famine estimated to have killed some 2 million people.
Following the February accord, Seoul decided to resume the aid shipments that it had suspended after the North conducted missile and nuclear tests last year.
But fearing it could be criticized for lavishing aid on North Korea before it takes steps to disarm, the South had sought to delay actual shipments until the North made progress on the nuclear deal.
North Korea failed to meet an April 14 deadline to shut the Yongbyon nuclear facility amid a prolonged financial dispute with the United States.
North Korea boycotted international nuclear talks for more than a year because Washington blacklisted a Macau bank where the communist country held $25 million. The United States accused Banco Delta Asia of helping the North to launder money and pass counterfeit $100 bills. Authorities in Macau froze the North's accounts.
The United States and Banco Delta Asia said earlier this month that the North's money had been unfrozen. But for unknown reasons, North Korea has yet to withdraw the money.
The two Koreas are still technically at war, as the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. But their relations have warmed significantly since the first and only summit of their leaders in 2000.

Lord Nelson
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:09 PM
The North Korean regime is like no other one. Even Laos and Burma are heaven compared to this nation. N. Korea is not isolated as some may think. It's main backer is China who wants to see its influence maintained in the region. Russia also does not mind the regime since it was the USSR that propped it up.

The policy of N. Korea is to send out carrots and sticks to the west. Sometimes they would want to negotiate (or pretend to) and other times they would back down. When I was in Singapore recently I read that after Kim Yong il, North Korea would be ruled by the military where the eternal leaders would be Sung and Yong.

Philip
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:20 PM
I fine North Korea facinating. I did not know their people where suffering of famine though :(

Sam L
Apr 22nd, 2007, 03:19 PM
Seriously it'll be better if they all starved to death. Then Kim Soon Ill, or whatever his name is, won't have anyone to dictate. :lol:

Apoleb
Apr 22nd, 2007, 03:23 PM
Seriously it'll be better if they all starved to death. Then Kim Soon Ill, or whatever his name is, won't have anyone to dictate. :lol:

:lol: :lol:









:rolleyes:

Sally Struthers
Apr 22nd, 2007, 03:27 PM
Seriously it'll be better if they all starved to death. Then Kim Soon Ill, or whatever his name is, won't have anyone to dictate. :lol:

I was watching something on National Geographic channel not too long ago and Lisa Ling had snuck into North Korea pretending to be part of a medical team fixing people's eyes there. They worship that nut and his deceased father like a God :scared:

MyskinaManiac
Apr 22nd, 2007, 03:55 PM
North Korea is a result of two powerhouse nations of China and the US driving a war through another country, yet politically it was aimed at each other. The end product; a regime that is so messed up and corrupt that it claims that spending more money on military and nuclear weapons will ensure the safety of its people. One must think, what lives are there to proctect when the lives of people aren't worth protecting because they're dead through famine?

Harsher sanctions should be employed. Total isolation... I mean total isolation. If a country like North Korea does not want to cooperate, then the armies of the world should have no other choice then to bomb the shit out of their 1 million strong army (and some more) and nuclear armourments. Innocent civilians will die, but currently North Korea seem to be doing a pretty damn good job of letting its own people perrish.

tterb
Apr 22nd, 2007, 04:55 PM
Seriously it'll be better if they all starved to death. Then Kim Soon Ill, or whatever his name is, won't have anyone to dictate. :lol:

You're a fountain of compassion, Sam. And really funny, too.

Lord Nelson
Apr 22nd, 2007, 07:17 PM
North Korea is a result of two powerhouse nations of China and the US driving a war through another country, yet politically it was aimed at each other. The end product; a regime that is so messed up and corrupt that it claims that spending more money on military and nuclear weapons will ensure the safety of its people. One must think, what lives are there to proctect when the lives of people aren't worth protecting because they're dead through famine?

Harsher sanctions should be employed. Total isolation... I mean total isolation. If a country like North Korea does not want to cooperate, then the armies of the world should have no other choice then to bomb the shit out of their 1 million strong army (and some more) and nuclear armourments. Innocent civilians will die, but currently North Korea seem to be doing a pretty damn good job of letting its own people perrish.
Actually it was the USSR that created North Korea. But yes when North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, it was BOTH USSR and China that gave arms to N. Korea which then encouraged Sung to invade the South......North Korea will never be totally isolated. China gets along quite well with North Korea nad why would it want another communsit friendly nation to collapse. Russia also has friendly relations with nation it created.

North Korea I believe will not invade South Korea. One benefit of the Gulf war is that rogue nations don't want to end up like Hussein (and also Milosevic) who died in int. captivity.

What onbe should do si wait until Jong dies and when he does the army will make the place more stable. Better them then a whacko son of Jong.