North Korea Seems to Reject Butter-for-Guns Proposal From U.S.
North Korea appeared Saturday to reject the Bush administration’s offer last month of a gradual lifting of sanctions and of economic aid from neighboring countries in return for a rapid dismantlement of its nuclear weapons program. But, as is often the case with North Korea, it was far from clear that the government’s statement was definitive. As recently as Thursday, senior United States officials were saying they had heard no official response to the offer, which had marked a significant change of course for the Bush administration. That prompted speculation that North Korea was awaiting the outcome of the presidential election in November, perhaps figuring that no deal would be possible before then.Full Story