Actions not words
SEOUL, South Korea - The leaders of North and South Korea pledged Thursday to seek a peace treaty to replace the Korean War's 1953 cease-fire and expand projects to reduce tension across the world's last Cold War frontier.Pardon me if I sound cynical, but I will believe this summit made real progress when North Korea takes the steps they promise. Kim has repeatedly failed to live up to previous agreements.
The pact came a day after a deal at China-hosted arms talks among North Korea, the U.S. and other regional powers, in which Pyongyang promised to disable its main nuclear facilities and fully declare its nuclear programs by Dec. 31.
The move would be the biggest step North Korea has taken to scale back its nuclear ambitions after decades of seeking to develop the world's deadliest weapons. President Bush hailed it as a key for "peace and prosperity" in northeast Asia.
The bilateral agreement capped three days of meetings in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, between North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun. They "agreed to closely cooperate to end military hostility and ensure peace and easing of tension on the Korean peninsula," according to a joint statement.
Substantive progress on any peace treaty would require the participation of the U.S. and China, which also fought in the conflict. South Korea never signed the 1953 armistice ending the war.
In the end, this summit is going to be considered just another disappointment. How much did the South Korean government pay this time for a glorified photo op? A half billion dollars? A billion dollars? Remember the price was approximately 186 million for the 2000 affair.
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