During the past two decades the government of North Korea will announce on Monday its desire to have discussions on the topic of nuclear disarmament but on Friday announce beginning of new nuclear tests. The ever mysterious leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK), Kim Song il, shook hands with President Hu Jintao of China and announced his nation was ready to hold talks with other nations about the topic of nuclear disarmament. He insisted there was need for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and appeared to argue he has always been in favor of such steps but has been thwarted by the US, Japan and South Korea. Kim and Hu came across as choir boys trying their best to get recalcitrant Americans and Japanese and South Koreans to focus on peace. The good news is that the Republic of Korea (ROK) has dropped its demand for an apology from North Korea for sinking one of its ships. The dead are dead and now it is time to work toward preventing further death and destruction appears to be the operating mode of thought.
There is some evidence Kim Jong il while in China spent time inspecting ideas for modernization of industry. His nation had to seek aid from China during its recent flooding experience and the failure of its economy to feed the population. Who knows, maybe the DPRK can become OK as a nation.