Blog #6 - Dan Grigoras
Ever since the North Korea – US relations took a turn for the worst in the 90s, peoples all over the world have lived in fear of what the next step might be in ameliorating the situation. The article Nicole posted, “S.Korea Says North Should Seize Summit Momentum” describes the plan of action proposed by Bush which might be a possible resolution to the situation. Bush recently met with foreign leaders around the world to discuss the possibility of restating the allied offers of security guarantees and economic and energy assistance once North Korea commits to a process of dismantling its nuclear arms programs. South Korea is prepared to make similar negotiations with the country. According to Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, the "Coordinated steps means that when North Korea commits themselves to give up their nuclear development program, then our side will be prepared to provide some provisional security assurances together with energy assistance." Weather or not North Korea chooses to accept this compromise is another matter however. The US and North Korea shared a similar commitment in the 90s which the US backed out of and began this nuclear tension. North Korea could favor compensation for the lost years or spitefully request more benefits before agreeing to the proposal. It could take a while before negotiations are set and North Korea finally agrees to get rid of their nuclear weapons. Very rarely are negotiations settled after first proposal.