Looks like Kim Jong Il got his chain yanked...
TOKYO (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il told a Chinese envoy his regime has no immediate plans to carry out another nuclear test but whether it will do so in the future depends on U.S. policy toward his country, a news report said Sunday.
The Norks decided not to test another newkular weapon this week after all. I don't think it has anything to do with the possibility of the U.S.'s concession to their demands of massive aid for the NoKo people. Bush hasn't indicated a willingness in that direction in any way. The Bush doctrine is spot-on, disarmament first, then talks.
Most agree that China is the key to all this. NoKo practically exists at the pleasure of the Chinese. Certainly the Chinese fear economic consequences and international condemnation if they don't rein in the pot-bellied, dog-eating dictator. I think Hu Jintao figured rightly that friendly trading relations with the U.S., and the rest of the free world, is worth more than supporting the crazy Norks. In addition, Japan and SoKo, to whom Jong Il has been openly hostile, hinted at the possibility of going nuclear if Jong Il was allowed to pursue weapons. The last thing the Chinese want is a nuclearized East Asia.
Look at this picture. Jong Il looks like an 8 year old, embarassed that he just had his fanny spanked by somebody...that somebody was China.