Kim Jong-il Backpedals on Nuke Test

Apparently he’s sorry for creating such a fuss:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret about his country’s nuclear test to a Chinese delegation and said Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign to financially isolate the country, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.

“If the U.S. makes a concession to some degree, we will also make a concession to some degree, whether it be bilateral talks or six-party talks,” Kim was quoted as telling a Chinese envoy, the mass- circulation Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a diplomatic source in China.

Kim told the Chinese delegation that “he is sorry about the nuclear test,” the newspaper reported.

I don’t get it. Why the change of heart?

Oh, yeah. Of course.

It’s Karl Rove’s doing.

Hat tip: Drudge.

Update: As usual, Jim Addison offers some great insight:

“Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign to financially isolate the country” . . .

They aren’t talking about the current UN sanctions, it is the US financial sanctions which have shut down DPRK money laundering through Asian banks, particularly in Malaysia, which precipitated their withdrawal from the six-party talks in the first place. These sanctions have shut off the easy income from counterfeiting US currency, and will not be lifted under any circumstances.

It's the Tigers V. the Cardinals in the World Series
A Handful Of Late Night Political Jokes

23 Comments

  1. Lee October 19, 2006
  2. Lee October 20, 2006
  3. Duane Dostie October 20, 2006
  4. GoldenGreg October 20, 2006
  5. Scrapiron October 20, 2006
  6. 914 October 20, 2006
  7. Jim Addison October 20, 2006
  8. SCSIwuzzy October 20, 2006
  9. Lee October 20, 2006
  10. Stormin October 20, 2006
  11. jp October 20, 2006
  12. LJD October 20, 2006
  13. Lee October 20, 2006
  14. Stormin October 20, 2006
  15. Lee October 20, 2006
  16. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III October 20, 2006
  17. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III October 20, 2006
  18. Lee October 20, 2006
  19. Lurking Observer October 20, 2006
  20. Mitchell October 20, 2006
  21. jhow66 October 20, 2006
  22. Lee October 20, 2006
  23. Mitchell October 20, 2006