The Six Party Talks on Monday produced an unexpected breakthrough in Beijing. Well, maybe. North Korea’s loopy Communist regime said it will agree to give up its nuclear arms program. Compromises on both sides led the way to the agreement, according to a joint statement. The US dropped its opposition to North Korea’s demand for a light-water reactor in the future. The North Koreans agreed to rejoin the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and submit to International Atomic Energy Agency inspections. Chief US negotiator Christopher Hill said Tuesday that North Korea’s agreement to end its nuclear weapons program remains on track, but he pointedly noted that Pyongyang must agree to international restraints, which will be the real test.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.