*Guest post from Katie Mounts
President Bush's "Axis of Evil" may soon be one less. In no small victory for diplomacy and non-proliferation, recent six party talks yielded a nuclear deal with
Under the deal,
Beyond the more immediate success in
The New York Times printed an excellent editorial yesterday, entitled "Score One for Diplomacy." Some of the high points are included below.
If North Korea lives up to its promise to begin disabling key parts of its nuclear program within weeks, and to finish the job by year’s end, the world will be a safer place. To get this deal, the Bush administration, after dragging its feet for four years, displayed an admirable and all too rare mixture of diplomatic creativity, flexibility, patience and follow-through. To keep it moving forward, it will need even more.
Like all diplomatic deals worth their salt, both sides had to give up a lot.
’s paranoid leadership has agreed to a degree of transparency few would have predicted. A team of American experts is expected to travel to North Korea North Koreanext week to begin the disabling, at ’s expense, of its nuclear reactor, plutonium separation plant and other parts of its Yongbyon nuclear complex. America
With both sides playing against type, there is bound to be very tough moments ahead. This week’s agreement is already months behind schedule, and
will likely delay, obfuscate and demand a lot more. Pyongyang
The next phase — getting rid of
’s fissile material and any weapons — will be even tougher to negotiate. North Korea will inevitably make more expensive and difficult demands… It’s worth the effort. Pyongyang
We also hope that with a solid foreign policy success now in reach, Mr. Bush will learn the lesson of the
North Koreadeal and tell his diplomats to turn the same creativity, flexibility and follow-through toward trying to end ’s nuclear program. Iran