The CBC is reporting some very interesting and encouraging news coming out of North Korea.
Just days after the United States said North Korea will give up it’s Nuclear arsenal One way or another, today we hear that Kim Jong Il has said the following to a South Korean Minister,
if the regime’s security is guaranteed, there is no reason to possess a single nuclear weapon.
Now even though this is coming from the mouth of a confirmed lunatic, I’d have to say that this appears like an opening to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons (that’s assuming the South Koreans don’t have nukes of their own).
Kim Jong Il apparently told this to South Korean Unification Minister Chung Dong-young during a rare face-to-face meeting with the “Dear Leader”.
Now the question becomes… what “guarantees” does Kim want and will the United States be prepared to accept them?
This appears to me like a major opportunity to diffuse one of the most troublesome situations in the world.
This news also comes on a day when the Raytheon Corporation announced its’ intentions to install an X-Band Radar station at Goose Bay in Labrador. Raytheon is a primary contractor to build components for the US Missile Defense shield… a system which Canada has officially said they will not support, and which Canadians have overwhelming said they don’t want any part of. The Defense Minister is quote as saying,
From what I’ve heard about this radar, it’s not just a ballistic missile defence radar, this is a radar that would increase the coverage of the North Atlantic.
That’s nice Mr. Graham, but didn’t we say we would have no part in the Missile Defense initiative?
With todays news out of the Koreas, things may change… if Kim Jonh Il renounced his weapons program and disarmed… why would there need to be a Missile Defense Shield that no one wants to even risk testing anyway?