Kim Jong-Un’s Deal for Survival

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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The U.S. and North Korea announced yesterday that a breakthrough had been reached. North Korea will suspend its uranium enrichment program, stop testing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles and allow inspectors to check out its nuclear sites. In return, the U.S. will provide 240,000 metric tons of food aid annually. It sounds like a good deal, but will it help save a teetering regime with a human rights record comparable only to Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia?

The major concern is that the food aid will be diverted to the regime and the military instead of its starving population and then violate its agreements.

“The destitute North Korean economy needs foreign aid to avoid collapse. North Korea follows a now clear cycle of ostentatiously dangerous conduct followed by a conciliatory gesture that brings its neighbors and the U.S. rushing to the negotiating table, bearing goodies,” writes Christian Whiton, a former deputy special envoy for human rights in North Korea.

Under Kim Jong-Il, North Korea violated several past “breakthrough” agreements. It should be assumed that Kim Jong-Un will follow the same strategy because it worked. There is already uncertainty over whether the regime has agreed to suspend its plutonium reprocessing program that is responsible for at least two nuclear tests. Its announcement only referred to uranium. A senior U.S. official said the administration is confident that the plutonium program is also covered under the deal.

The U.S. says it will closely supervise the delivery of the food aid. It will send meals and products designed for pregnant women and children instead of rice and grains. It is hoped that the first shipment will arrive in 6 to 8 weeks. One official said that the operation will be the “most comprehensively monitored and managed program” devised yet.

It is obviously a good thing if the U.S. can prevent mass starvation among the North Korean population, especially if the recipients understand that it came from its so-called enemies. However, the regime’s giving in to U.S. demands for strict regulations over the food aid deliveries and willingness to suspend its nuclear activities is also a sign of weakness that must be exploited.

The U.S. must not accept the status quo with North Korea and turn a blind eye to the horrors that the regime puts its people through or the other ways it threatens the U.S. It still has 2,500 to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons and about 5,000 tons of biological weapons, with a dozen production facilities for the former and 20 for the latter. Some of these weapons are tested on innocent prisoners, including children, the disabled and the mentally-handicapped.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    I thought the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different outcome. Once again, our illustrious State Department, which is about as useless as tits on a boar, is going to fall for the same old trick for the umpteenth time and come to the rescue to save the communist dictatorship from collapse.

    Look it's pretty easy, the only agreement the State Department should ever consider would be an agreement whereby in return for N. Korea letting us in to dismantle its nuclear weapons arsenal and nuclear weapons and missile programs, the USA would provide financial and food aid to help the regime survive.

    By the way, I didn't read this article because of the writer. I read the title. That's good enough for him.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Isn't there something missing in the way we play North Korea and it's people who are under no less
      a vile dictator in Un-human as Hussein of Iraq, Gadaffi of Lybia and Assad of Syria. Where is
      Obama the grand defender of the people when the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood are not
      in play? Could the entire Middle East be hypocrisy on a scale never seen before………or is it
      impossible to define leading from behind…………………………………William

  • Amused

    That communist dictatorship , is nowhere near collapse.Nor will anything we do bring about a collapse . It cares not if it considered a pariah , it cares about NOTHING except perpetuating itself , and will go to any legnths to survive . The starvation of its population notwithstanding .Any US aid going there will be considered by the peope as coming from Dear Leader ….of that you can be sure ….Kim-Jung-Un will make sure of that .THERE IS NO CREDIBLE OPPOSITION in existence there . Nor will there be . So what is the goal here ? Short term quid pro quo / food for N.Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions and sales .

  • Bertram Cabot Jr.

    Charlie Brown meet football

  • umustbkidding

    What do they say about old dogs? You can't teach them new tricks.

    Of course the communist party of Democrats will just love to comply. AND we are talking Clinton era to Clinton aren't we?

  • Amused

    No, you're " talkin ' " out your arsehole .

  • Bamaguje

    With the much more heinous North Korean atrocities, Mrs Clinton et al are worried about Syria.
    For all their human experimentation, North Korea is not known for any medical advances.

  • John

    Uncle Sucker rides to the rescue again.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama and Clinton will support a Communist tyranical government without any considerations, they are
    made just as a cover for the duped tax payers. A Murder Inc. government in North Korea is the leftist dream,
    they starve their people intentionally, keep them in poverty intentionally and will never let up, only the
    military is allowed to have a measure above the average. South Koreans are about four inches taller
    than their unfortunate neighbors to the North, just a sickening situation, something drastic should be
    done to end it……………………………………………………………………..William

  • Jon Clark

    Barry Hussein Soetoro, is leader of the hate-America movement. He wants USA to be a 3rd world country like his naive Kenya. So he helps our enemies. 9 more months of him and he's out.

  • guest

    This "agreement" has nothing to do with how many N Koreans are starving, or anything else for that matter… the Mullahs are planning a nuclear event(s), and soon – they have told us so!

    The N Koreans care nothing for starving N Koreans. What they do care about is American reaction when nuclear devices start going off in America, and around the world. The N Koreans have worked in concert with the Iranians to develop and test a functional nuclear bomb.

    What the N Koreans seek is to be able to throw up their hands and scream: "we didn't do it" – they seek, and have been given plausible deny-ability. Thanks to the Red in the White House – the fourth most wonderful President in U.S. history.

    How bad is it?

    According to the most recent IAEA report Iran has 4922 kg of low enriched uranium – Iran's stated goal was to enrich to 20% U235 enrichment – the lower bound of what is considered Low Enriched Uranium.

    Using these numbers 20% of 4922kg = 984kg of 100% Highly Enriched U235. The Hiroshima bomb used 69kg of HEU, but more recently the six South African bombs used only 50kg per bomb. That means that the Iranians have enough Highly Enriched Uranium – using the South African numbers – for roughly 19 devices!

    Say good bye to the carriers, and lots of cities.

  • guest

    Second to the last paragraph is: "- the lower bound of what is considered Low Enriched Uranium."
    Should have been: "- the upper bound of what is considered Low Enriched Uranium."