This author urges rapid movement past the Banco Delta Asia obstacle, and further, though sympathetic with Japan, past concerns over Japanese citizens kidnapped in the 1970's and 80's.
Indeed negotiations are exasperating, especially on those rare occasions when a lesser power gains a strong position from which to negotiate. The rich and powerful are never very comfortable in such circumstances.
The points here are three:
- The goal and potential rewards here are astronomical. The chance to pull the plug on the otherwise inevitable domino-effect nuclearization of Northeast Asia is invaluable.
- Now is NOT the time to confound the conversation. The counterfeiting issue, and the missing citizens are important surely, but please, one thing at a time.
- Related to this is the incredible leap being considered by North Korea. Think of what they are being asked to give up! And in return besides "cash" they gain nothing more than to become utterly dependent on the good will of the more powerful nations with whom they are negotiating. (Would you trust the US, China, Russia, et al?)
- The whole matter is one of pride. Avoid all trifles that introduce humiliation to North Korea. These important matters can be addressed at another time.
The comments, carried by the North's official news agency, follow tensions about the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang decades ago.
The row threatens to overshadow the six-nation talks taking place in Beijing on a nuclear deal.
But Tuesday's session was under threat after North Korea reportedly boycotted a meeting of the chief delegates over another issue that threatens the deal - the lifting of a freeze on its assets in a Macau bank.