[WSJ]Paying Kim’s Price - Aug 6, 2009 by 다름과틀림

Paying Kim’s Price
Was Mr. Clinton’s visit the down payment for a larger set of American concessions?

We don’t begrudge the congratulations Bill Clinton deserves for saving the two journalists from what might have been a nightmare 12 years of hard labor; that was the sentence a kangaroo North Korean court imposed for allegedly blundering across its border with China in March. But the important question going forward is whether Mr. Clinton’s visit was merely the down payment Kim extracted from the Obama Administration for a potentially larger set of American concessions.That question is hard to avoid given that Mr. Clinton was met at the Pyongyang airport by Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator. North Korea may have had its own propaganda reasons for putting its diplomat in the photo-op, and the White House insisted that Mr. Clinton’s mission was strictly humanitarian and that he was not carrying any messages from President Obama. We hope that’s true.


Yet Mr. Clinton’s visit is a message unto itself. It will bolster Kim’s bid to dissolve the six-party negotiations in favor of the direct talks with the U.S. he has long sought. It will also dismay some in South Korea and Japan, which have their own hostages in North Korea and will wonder why Mr. Clinton couldn’t obtain their release as well. If it turns out that if a new nuclear negotiation really was begun during Mr. Clinton’s visit, it will also send the signal to North Korea that the worse its behavior, the more it stands to gain from the U.S. And it will mean that Kim’s price will be even higher to spring the next American hostages.

WSJ는 클린턴이 두명의 기자를 데려온 것을 인도적인 차원에서 다행으로 생각한다. 클린턴이 독자적인 행동이 아닌 미국정부의 메시지를 갖고 갔을 경우를 조심스럽게 얘기하며 이런 경우에 6자회담에서 북한의 발언권을 높일 것이며 바북한에 어떠한 대가를 치루게 됐을지를 우려하며 앞으로도 북한이 더욱더 안좋은 행동을 하면 더 많은 대가를 얻게 될것으로 생각하게 된 것을 걱정하고 있다.

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Kangaroo court : 인민재판


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