Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Party is Over

North Korea is going to miss the South Korea that the former liberal rulers turned into a money machine for Pyongyang.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is in the United States meeting President Bush. Said Lee:

"I believe if North Korea's declaration is not satisfactory or if the verification is not satisfactory, we could probably have a temporary achievement, but in the long term, that will cause a lot more serious problems," Lee said.

"North Korea's declaration of their nuclear weapons program should be complete and correct, and verification — I'm not sure how long that is going to take. ... All the parties of the six-party talks are with one mind that the verification process must be full and complete and satisfactory."

President Bush assured all that he is not looking to come to a paper agreement that we can pretend solves the problem until the next president discovers that North Korea is cheating.

I believe him. And I believe our strengthened ties with South Korea will help us apply more pressure on North Korea to collapse that regime.