Sunday, September 25, 2005

The progress in North Korea 

I haven't written on the tentative new deal with North Korea, which is not by any means guaranteed to put the Norks into a tiny little lockbox. However, as John Hinderaker points out, it is progress for no other reason than the Chinese have signed it. China is the only power in a position to coerce North Korea, and no other country can coerce North Korea without China's consent. This fact alone makes it more robust than the Clinton Administration's "agreed framework," or John Kerry's "bilateral negotiations," which -- at best -- would have returned us to an agreement for which there was no chance of enforcement.


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