If there is a crisis that seems to occur with more frequency than those involving the economy, it is, of course, North Korea. ...
Just months ago, diplomats from the United States, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea were patting themselves on the back after having ''defused'' the nuclear threat from North Korea. In exchange for concessions and material help from the five nations, Pyongyang had agreed to suspend work on nuclear weapons.
Then last week North Korean officials kicked U.N. inspectors out of a nuclear reactor and began breaking U.N. seals on the equipment. They informed the U.N. inspectors that plutonium production will resume at the plant. The plutonium will be used for nuclear weapons.
This is not the first time North Korea has made a deal, then gone back on its word. In each and every instance, Pyongyang has taken help from other nations in exchange for suspending weapons programs - then broken its promises and started a cycle of negotiations all over again.
Kim and his generals have grown accustomed to being able to bully the rest of the world. For reasons ranging from the expense to the danger presented by North Korea, that simply cannot be allowed to continue. At some point, the five powers must find some way to force Pyongyang to stop playing its dangerous game.