Thursday, February 03, 2005


Chosun Ilbo:
"We're cooperating with 60 governments in the Proliferation Security Initiative, to detect and stop the transit of dangerous materials... There are still regimes seeking weapons of mass destruction -- but no longer without attention and without consequence," Bush told a joint session of Congress. He made no direct references to reports in the U.S. media a day earlier that North Korea exported nuclear materials to Libya.

Bush defied expectations when these remained the only direct or indirect references to North Korea during his 50-minute speech.
Observers offer several interpretations of this unusual restraint. Some believe it is indicative of Bush's intention to focus his efforts on the Middle East. Larry A. Niksch, an Asia specialist with the Congressional Research Service, said the North Korean nuclear issue had been pushed way down in the Bush administration's list of priorities.
Others say Bush largely skirted the issue because Washington is sensitive to the positions of South Korea and China. Neither Korea nor China, two states whose cooperation is indispensable for a solution to Pyongyang’s nuclear issue, want to provoke North Korea.
Most diplomatic experts, however, believe that Washington’s fundamental views of the North Korean issue have not changed.
Korea Herald:
U.S. President George W. Bush sent a strong indirect warning to North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambition in his State of the Union address, though he restrained himself from making any harsh remarks on the communist country, diplomatic analysts here said.
But his real message to its Cold War foe came in a thinly-veiled manner when he pledged to confront regimes that promote terror and pursue weapons of mass destruction, while singling out Iran and Syria, the experts said.

"Bush seems to have decided to avoid provocative remarks on the North when the United States, which has been preoccupied with Iraq, cannot open a second war front. But he gave a powerful indirect warning to Pyongyang by mentioning the case of Iran and what he called tyrannies," said Paik Hak-soon, director for the Center of North Korea Studies in the private Sejong Institute.
"We cannot find any new proposal or initiative from the United States, and the Bush administration will continue its pressure on the North without making concessions," said professor Koh Yu-hwan of Dongguk University.

No official response from North Korea yet. But, in case you were wondering, Kimjongilia really is the "king of flowers."
Immortal Kimjongilia is now appreciated by people at home and abroad as a "flower of the sun revered by all people", "valuable flower representing the times", "the best flower in the world", "king of flowers", etc. This flower was awarded a special prize, gold medal, diploma and other top prizes at the 12th International Flower Show held in Czechoslovakia in May 1991, the Nordic Flower Show in Sweden in March 1995, the Jilin, China, Flower Exhibition in August 1997, the China 99 Kunming World Horticultural Expo in May 1999, the Begonia Show held in California of the United States in August 2004, etc. The facts go to clearly prove that Kimjongilia is the most beautiful flower in the world.
There you have it.

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