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Korea Summit: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Korea Summit: The Good, the Bad and the UglyThe good: Those many small incremental improvements in securing nuclear materials worldwide–the fruit of much labor by dedicated people, as laid out by Jodi Lieberman in a recent post.

The bad: The absence of any evident progress in dissuading North Korea from a satellite launch, which, if it occurs, will vitiate the earlier agreement with Pyongyang that appeared to be a breakthrough. Evidently we are back to square one, not knowing who really holds power in the North and what the country’s ultimate intentions are.

The ugly: President Obama’s unfortunate overheard remark to Medvedev about missile defenses and the upcoming U.S. election, which was worse than a gaffe. It is unseemly for a U.S. president to apologize to the likes of Medvedev or Putin for U.S. domestic political constraints. At least we have domestic political constraints.

 

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William Sweet

Bill Sweet has been writing about nuclear arms control and peace politics since interning at the IAEA in Vienna during summer 1974, right after India's test of a "peaceful nuclear device." As an editor and writer for Congressional Quarterly, Physics Today and IEEE Spectrum magazine he wrote about the freeze and European peace movements, space weaponry and Star Wars, Iraq, North Korea and Iran. His work has appeared in magazines like the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and The New Republic, as well as in The New York Times, the LA Times, Newsday and the Baltimore Sun. The author of two books--The Nuclear Age: Energy, Proliferation and the Arms Race, and Kicking the Carbon Habit: The Case for Renewable and Nuclear Energy--he recently published "Situating Putin," a group of essays about contemporary Russia, as an e-book. He teaches European history as an adjunct at CUNY's Borough of Manhattan Community College.

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