More of Obama’s craptastic foreign policy skills.
The State Department said it would meet one-to-one with Pyongyang negotiators in an effort to persuade the reclusive Stalinist state to return to multilateral talks on dismantling its nuclear weapons programme.
Washington has also accepted a vague Iranian offer of talks on broad national security issues, even though Tehran refused to discuss its illicit atomic operations.
The US insisted it would raise Iranian’s nuclear activities in the meeting. “This may not have been a topic that they wanted to be brought up but I can assure that it’s a topic that we’ll bring up,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.
……The North Korea gambit comes just a week after Pyongyang declared that it was close to being able to enrich uranium, a development that would give the outlaw regime a potential second means of building nuclear weapons.
……North Korea agreed in September 2005 to abandon its nuclear programmes in an aid-for-disarmament agreement hammered out among the six parties.
But it has twice since tested an atomic device – most recently in May – and also gone back on promises to dismantle nuclear facilities.
……the US would “test” Iran’s intentions in accepting, along with Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, Tehran’s offer to hold talks, even though it has said its nuclear programme is non-negotiable.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki responded yesterday by saying that “should conditions be ripe, there is a possibility of talks about the nuclear issue”. That appeared to be a reversal of Iran’s consistent refusal to discuss its nuclear programme, reiterated just three days earlier.
“We are seeking a meeting now based on the Iranian paper to see what Iran is prepared to do,” Crowley said. “And then, as the president has said, if Iran responds to our interest in a meeting, we’ll see when that can occur. We hope that will occur as soon as possible.”
……Glyn Davies, the US ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said on Wednesday that Iran now has a “possible breakout capacity” if it decided to convert its stockpile of low-enriched uranium into bomb-grade material.
Let’s see…North Korea has reneged on every promise it made by completing its nuclear program and successfully testing nuclear bombs. Iran has already perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is waiting for permission from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb.
Those direct talks should provide the opportunity for Kim Jong Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to thumb their noses in THE ONES face.