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Asia Korea’s long-standing demand to be removed from the United States’ list of state sponsors of terrorism. Pyongyang believes that it is economically handicapped by being on that list, but the United States is waiting until North Korea takes more steps towards full disclosure and denuclearization first. This is an issue in which the benefits of making a concession to North Korea would far outweigh the costs. While opponents to the delisting would accuse the U.S. of ideological inconsistency and appeasement of Pyongyang, the fact of the mat-

ter is that North Korea has not been officially associated with a terrorist attack since 1987. Removing them from the list will redress this inaccuracy, and would also leave North Korea without a scapegoat for its economic woes. One of the most important lessons we can learn from the failure of the Agreed Framework is that rhetoric must be followed with action. The single most damaging event was the Republican-controlled Congress’ immediate reversal of the deal brokered by President Clinton. While they did not have the legal author-

ity to overturn the Agreed Framework, they blocked funding for the light water reactors we had promised Pyongyang. This analysis leads to a few policy prescriptions for our current situation. First, South Korea must not withdraw its support from the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which is one of the most viable and effective routes to opening up North Korea. Threatening to dry up this economic lifeline will only antagonize a regime that is already feeling the strains of poverty and hunger. Likewise, South Korea and the United States must not renege on

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Compiled by Tara Lewis ‘11 "The Dalai Lama is a wolf wrapped in a habit, a monster with human face and animal's heart." Zhang Qingli, Communist Party Secretary in Tibet, March 19

“The answers are clear to me. Removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision, and this is a fight that America can and must win.” President George W. Bush, March 19 "The House will be more disciplined and better managed, as you know there is more respect for a woman in our country." Tariq Azim, Senator of Pakistan People’s Party, on Fehmida Mirza’s election as first Female Parliament Speaker, March 19

"Doraemon, I hope you will travel around the world as an anime ambassador to deepen people's understanding of Japan so they will become friends with Japan." Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura, to his newly appointed cat “anime ambassador,” March 19

“If Iran were to obtain nuclear weapons, it would have disastrous consequences... We have to prevent this." Angela Merkel, March 18 "It's part of our agriculture, our food and our medicine. It's sacred. The UN doesn't know our culture." Peruvian Congresswoman Hilaria Supa on the UN’s suggestion to criminalize coca, March 15

“Our missile sites and radars do not constitute a threat to Russia."


US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, March 18

“We consider that it is extremely troublesome for the existing structure of European security.” Dmitri Medvedev, President-elect of Russia, commenting on the possibility of NATO expansion including Georgia and Ukraine, March 25

“There are those who say the Iraqi Army can control Iraq without the Americans. But they are liars.” Col. Ali Omar Ali, an Iraqi battalion commander, March 20

“I must say, I’m a little envious. If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed. It must be exciting for you … in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger.” President George W. Bush, in a video conference with American soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan, March 14

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