Moment of truth for Korea

The leaders of North Korea and South Korea are meeting in an historic summit as the probability of a deal on North Korean nuclear ambitions increases, Jon Herskovitz reports for Reuters:

The leaders of the Koreas began talks on Wednesday after a cool start to a summit between two countries divided by decades of animosity, but news of a deal on unwinding Pyongyang’s nuclear arms program could lift the mood.

South Korea President Roh Moo-hyun has said he wants the summit with Kim Jong-il to ease tension between the states, technically still at war, and help his impoverished neighbor.

The summit comes as the international community is set to agree a deal that should lead to massive aid for the communist North and end its isolation if it finally gives up its ambitions to become a nuclear weapons power.

On Tuesday, Washington said it had approved a tentative deal reached at six-party talks in Beijing that would disable North Korea’s Soviet-era nuclear complex by the end of this year.

The whole article is at the link above. The combination of the summit and the pending deal on nukes makes for an important point in post-WWII history. The Korean “conflict” may be close to resolution, with the eventual reunification of the nation divided for sixty years the result.

Korea remains the last unresolved standoff of the Cold War. Rapprochement between the parties, unthinkable until only recently, could bring peace to the peninsula and greater security to the region.

The prospect of 23 million North Koreans, living under starvation conditions with the Communist regime, entering the productive workforce at long last is joyful and inspiring. It would increase by nearly 50% the potential of Korea, South Korea ranking as the 12th largest economy in the world by itself – while North Korea currently produces, by the best-known estimates, roughly 5% as much with nearly half the population.

Of course, such a resolution will not be greeted warmly by the American Left, since it would mean Bush had accomplished what Clinton, Bush the Elder, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Truman had failed to do. While people being forced to eat tree bark and grass to survive doesn’t comport with the Left’s advertised vision, it represents the inevitable result of the implementation of their policies.

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