Can someone please explain all this mess to me?
North Korea has nuclear weapons. We want North Korea to disarm. North Korea wants to have bilateral talks with us. We don't want to.
What possible harm could there be in having bilateral talks with North Korea? Are we afraid that they're such good negotiators that we're going to agree to something we don't want? (Them: We'll get rid of two of our nukes and in return, you can either have the washer-dryer combo or the contents of ... this box! Us: The box! The box!) Isn't the point to do everything possible to stop what Bush himself admits is the biggest threat to security -- nuclear proliferation?
And, then, what the heck is up with North Korea? What possible good can come out of announcing to the world you have nuclear weapons and then trying to get bilateral talks with us, even though
A fourth round of talks did not take place in September when North Korea refused to attend, citing what it called a "hostile" U.S. policy.
Pyongyang also lashed out at Bush's inaugural speech in which he emphasized the effort to spread freedom, calling it an "untamed fire" that "will reach the darkest corners of our world."
North Korea called the effort a diabolical U.S. scheme to turn the world into "a sea of war flames."
I don't think they want to have these meetings to ask us to marry them, if you catch my drift. So can someone please explain these goings-on to a confused layman?