Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice to visit Pyongyang?

A Radio Free broadcaster hinted at just that. From the Chosun Ilbo

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is expected to attend a concert by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in Pyongyang on Feb. 26, according to Radio Free Asia Tuesday. The orchestra won an agreement from the North to play the U.S. anthem at the Pyongyang concert.

RFA said U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice could use that moment to visit North Korea to seek a breakthrough in deadlocked six-nation nuclear talks, attending the concert along with the North Korean leader.

The U.S. top diplomat is scheduled to attend the inauguration ceremony of South Korean president-elect Lee Myung-bak on Feb. 25 before flying to Japan and China. But a change in the itinerary is possible, the broadcaster predicted. Rice will be accompanied by the U.S. top envoy to the six-party talks Christopher Hill.

The South Korean press sometimes makes the golf media look downright responsible, so you got to take what RFA is reported to have said with a grain of salt.

GI at ROK Drop writes

Her attending this concert, despite alleged North Korean nuclear proliferation to Syria, the diverted humanitarian aid to the military, the UNDP scandal, and the failure to live up to their end of the nuclear agreement, would really make the Bush administrations sell out of the North Korean people complete. How did an administration that created the North Korean Human Rights Act come to the point they are begging for their own Madeline Albright moment?

A visit by Sec. Rice to Pyongyang would be a great photo op but accomplish nothing. Yes it would be would hypocritical of the Bush administration to do it for all the reasons listed above. Kim Jong-il has given no indication that his policies will change any time soon, therefore the US would be foolish to give him a propaganda victory by sending our Secretary of State over for a what will be for everyone but the DPRK, a meaningless visit.

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