The United States has told Japan that it will remove the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) from its terrorist blacklist this month. US envoy Christopher Hill has made clear that the United States would not make verification of Pyongyang’s uranium program of proliferation activities a condition of delisting. The United States has also agreed to continue its policy of providing food and other humanitarian aid to the North Korean government. Hill urged Japan to join in efforts to get food to the people of North Korea but there is no indication that Japan will agree to further food aid.
The DPRK yesterday barred UN monitoring at the Yongbyon nuclear complex. Monitors were told they no longer would have access to any facilities at the nuclear complex. The Bush administration refused to go along with the Clinton program of trying to work with North Korea. After a few years, Bush decided to reach out to North Korea. The entire process is now in a shambles and no one knows what is going on in North Korea.