Mini-Me is trying to put the screws to us, again. WASHINGTON (Reuters)-North Korea has said it wants to get promised shipments of oil before shutting down its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, delaying again a key obligation under a February nuclear agreement, U.S. officials said on Monday.
Administration critics of the agreement said the demand was further evidence of North Korean bad faith, but two other senior officials said they belive the agreement was on track and any delay in shuttering Yongbyon would not be prolonged.
Chief U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill said last week he wanted Pyongyang to shit down Yongbyon, which produces plutonium for the North's main nuclear weapons program, before holding a new round of six-country talks, expected next week.
But U.S. officials told Reuters that Pyongyang had informed South Korea, which is providing the heavy fuel oil, and the International Atomic Energy Agency that it wanted at least some of the heavy fuel oil before the reactor is shut down. And this, children, is why you don't give in to blackmail from tinpot regimes.