Thursday, August 25, 2005

❄ North Korea [II]: Light-Water Reactors

Rose Gottemoeller comments on the nuclear negotiations with North Korea that

“Sometimes in a difficult negotiation it makes the most sense to point silently to a principle already established and then move to bolster that principle from an entirely new direction.” [1]

She points to the remnant but extant Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) as the nub from which North Korea’s wish for a light-water reactor program could materialize. Support could come, she suggests, by extending to North Korea an existing US Department of Energy program for cooperation in non-controversial peaceful uses of nuclear materials.

The Question

Are there other principles ‘already established’ which could contribute to an exit from this impasse? Other lateral moves to ‘bolster’ those principles?


North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun told the ministerial meeting of the 12th ASEAN Regional Forum, on 29 July 2005, that “if the nuclear issue finds a satisfactory solution, we will return to the NPT and accept the IAEA inspection.” [2] Is the principle that IAEA inspections can adequately monitor a declared site á propos?

The Political Design Problem

Cf. earlier note on North Korea [A03].


[1] Rose Gottemoeller, “The Process in Place,” The New York Times, 23 August 2005.

[2] Xinhua News Agency. “North Korea to Rejoin NPT If Nuclear Issue Resolved Satisfactorily,” 1 August 2005.

[Political Design 2005.08.25 Post A11.]


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