What a brilliant article about the exhibition! And I …

Comment on Pine Gap: wake-up call for Alice Springs by Kathryn Kelly.

What a brilliant article about the exhibition! And I can’t wait to see it when I’m up there for the conference.
Thanks Alice Springs News Online, for your independent journalism.

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‘Pine Gap hardwires us into any North Korea nuclear conflict’
In response to Greg and John, former Australian Ambassadors to North Korea have indicated that North Korea can be negotiated with. No-one is saying that North Korea is not also a disastrous regime, but the current path to war is not the only way of dealing with the situation.
The following is a bit long, but worth reading.

Former Ambassador Richard Broinowski says “The first is that North Korea is determined to have nuclear weapons, so negotiating is an exercise in futility.”
Well, no. Pyongyang has said many times that it would dismantle its nuclear arsenal in exchange for a written pledge that the US won’t attack it, attempt to overthrow it, or impede its economic development through sanctions on trade and investment.
Between bombastic statements threatening Japan, South Korea and the United States with condign nuclear punishment, Pyongyang still offers this compromise, even though no one in the West appears to be listening.
The second inexactitude is that after 1994, Washington kept its word while Pyongyang cheated.
But for six years after 1994, Pyongyang froze its plutonium extraction, paused its nascent uranium enrichment program, allowed American technicians to come to Yongpyon to remove and safely store irradiated fuel rods from its only research reactor, and halted construction work on two other reactors.
But back in Washington the Republicans gained control of Congress days after the Agreed Framework was signed.
Clinton backpedalled, not wanting to take them on, especially Jesse Helms, the powerful chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Defence Committee.
Bunker oil shipments had been promised while the reactors were built, but were not delivered on time or at all, and the concrete and steel mats for the reactors were only poured in August 2002, hopelessly behind schedule for what was promised to be a 2003 start-up.
Nor did the United States live up to its pledge in Article II of the Agreed Framework to “move towards full normalisation of political and economic relations”.
In disgust Pyongyang sent the technicians packing, walked away from the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and its membership of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and resumed its nuclear weapons program.

This and other informed comment can be found on the blog “Pearls and Irritations” – very well worth reading for a more informed understanding of a host of issues.

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