Tuesday, December 09, 2003

ADVENTURES IN DIPLOMATIC DOUBLE-SPEAK OR "IF YOU SPEAK IT, IT WILL HAPPEN?" Check out this statement made by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao:
Speaking to reporters after meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Wen said there had been progress in efforts for the peaceful resolution of the DPRK nuclear crisis, the PRC news agency Xinhua said. The DPRK has said its ultimate objective is a nuclear-weapons-free Korean peninsula. It also wants security concerns addressed, Wen was quoted as saying. For its part the US has made it clear it has no intention of changing the government in Pyongyang, Wen said.
If the planets align so as to make this our actual future, I couldn't be happier. But to describe this as an accurate depiction of present-day intentions and realities in both P'yongyang and Washington is doubleplus ungood.

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