North Korea lifts nuclear veil

CNN was one of only two American news organizations ever allowed to visit the main nuclear facility at Yongbyon.
We were shown the extraordinary sight of heavy metal pipes, chopped down and laid on the ground: They had been part of a coolant loop that sent steam to the turbine generators to produce electricity. Watch what's going on inside North Korea's nuclear facility »
And we even were shown the reprocessing plant where plutonium was extracted from the rods, plutonium that was used for nuclear weapons, the chief engineer admitted.
Parts of the plant are now dismantled, wrapped in plastic and put into storage.
And there are American technicians from the Department of Energy on-site helping with all of this. It seems a far cry from the hostility conjured by the axis of evil.
For all of this, North Korea expected a million tons of heavy fuel oil, a lifting of sanctions and removal from the U.S. list of terrorist sponsors. This has not happened yet, so North Korea has slowed down the disabling process at Yongbyon.
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As we were being shown around Yongbyon, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra was landing in Pyongyang, the first time a major U.S. cultural group has visited North Korea since the war in the early '50s.
Both sides seem to be looking for a less hostile relationship, and as the U.S. nuclear negotiator says, "They don't like our words; maybe they'll like our music."

Tuesday night a select group of North Koreans will hear the famed musicians play, and those with TVs will see the concert broadcast live.
Members of the orchestra also will give master classes to North Korean musicians, a small step on a long route to normality.

I'm so happy about this kind of success in defusing a very hostile situation. Congratulations, USA!!! Sometimes you actually have the patience and do something right.
I wish I could be part of the music experience!

Is it reasonable to expect the final hurdles will be overcome soon as well? But what a price, eh? A million tons of oil!!!
I didn't even know the North-Koreans had sanctions slapped on them!
Perhaps Ahmadineshad would consider a similar bargain, IF he was actually building a nuclear bomb.
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