North Korea has agreed to halt nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment activities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for food aid from the United States, the State Department said Wednesday.
The state-run North Korean news agency, KCNA, announced the agreement separately.
This is the first positive sign we’ve had out of North Korea … ever? No, since just the last time Lil’ Kim played this game. But this may indicate that Kim Jong Un is not quite batshit insane enough to favor nuclear weapons over starving citizens.
I have no idea how this will play out. But let’s keep our fingers crossed.
In honor of the death of a brutal dictator who reduced his people to starvation while his neighbors became an economic powerhouse, I ask you to remember that Lil’ Kim was so very ronery:
You will rarely see such a contrast in the obituaries as you see now between Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong Il. One was an eloquent playwright who led his people to freedom in a bloodless revolution. The other was a Stalinist egotistical monster who starved his people but had time to name flowers after himself and devise awesome titles. Here is some more Lee goodness where he treats Kim with the contempt he completely earned.
I’m not sad the fucker is dead. Even if his likely successor is just as much of a fruitcake. People are a little scared. Time to make sure South Korea has adequate patriot missiles. An aegis in the region would probably be a good idea, too.
Update: That’s three monsters — Qaddafi, bin Laden and Lil’ Kim — whom 2011 has seen the last of. Almost redeems the whole fucking year. Almost.