For Kim Jong Il – Money or Power?

20 10 2006

Filed under: Kim Jong Il, North Korea, Nuclear Weapon, China, Politics

North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il, says he’s sorry for the nuke test and will back off if the U.S. promises to not cut him off from his allowance.

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.

The delegation led by State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan met Kim on Thursday and returned to Beijing later that day _ ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s arrival in the Chinese capital Friday. China is viewed as a key nation in efforts to persuade the North to disarm, as it is the isolated communist nation’s main trading partner.

The unanimous support on the sanctions plays a major role in this as does China’s role. But with Condi arriving, what else could he say to butter her up?

But does he want the money or the power? Any smart dictator would choose power, but I think Kim is going for both and shows no signs of stopping until he gets them.

Jay Stephenson: “Why the sudden backpedal? It seems like only yesterday you were saying that any sanctions would be considered a declaration of war!”
Kim at Wizbang says it has to be Karl Rove.
Bryan at Hot Air: “So his apology isn’t as heartfelt as it might appear at first. It’s a softer version of more of the same.”

Karl Rove? May be.

Another possibility is Dhimmi Carter, who convinced Kim to “be sorry” for the nukes until liberals can [hopefully] get back into power and give him what he needs [again] in the hopes that he won’t just use it on us. It’s the old outrunning the bear dynamic: “I don’t have to outrun the bear – I just have to outrun YOU!”

With “you” being S. Korea, China, or anyone other than us. Dhimmi will rise again!

The Sandbox trackbacked with: Kim Jong Il Regrets Nuke Test
Reality Check trackbacked with: North Korea’s Nuclear Threat

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