After much media ado and happiness regarding the first 6-party accomplishment (knock on wood), here is my numeric take on the joint statement issued on Monday on
So they all agree on removing nuclear weapons from the
The return to the 1992 joint declaration. DejaVu!. +1
Light-water reactor issue. That might come back and haunt us all. Not great either. -1
Sub-total: +2. Not bad, Messrs. Kim, Hill, Wu, et al.
The six parties have agreed to abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and recognize the norms of International Relations. With US attacking
DRPK-US mutual respect for each other's sovereignty, peaceful co-existence, and steps to be taken to normalize their relations. Engagement is key. +1
DRPK-Japan took steps to normalize their relations. Wonderful. Perhaps
Although this is a very vague category, we're still up with +3. That's stupendous.
The six parties have agreed to promote economic cooperation in energy, trade, and investment, both bi- and multilaterally. Yahoo. Have you heard of Friedman's Dell theory of conflict resolution? +1
The five other nations will provide the DPRK with energy assistance and
Sub(way) total: +2
Commitment to long-lasting peace in northeast
A separate forum to pursue this. Why don't they use ARF, or Asean+3, or the like? But perhaps this could be a forum that actually works! Wow. That would be great. +2
Step-by-step follow through of commitments. This should help prevent a "you go first" situation. Nice one. +1
Do we need a sub? +1
Another 6-party meeting in November. Let's hope this gets even BETTER! +1
Deductions (them yella' cards):
For all the stubbornness (on all sides): -3
For the many, many…… meetings it required (and money it cost the tax payers): -1
This could still drag on for month, and months, and months, and m........ -1.25
What's the total? The quantitative conclusion?
I don't know. Who cares? It's like the point system in "Whose line is it anyway"? We don't really care. Its about the road and the journey 'out there.'
Let's instead save the energy and spend it on making the beautiful Korean peninsula a peaceful place with only one flag!