The final nail?
Naturally, no mention of the 'highly confidential' document has been made to Congress so far, probably Gonzo forgot about it, right?
Is Gonzo's coffin ready for burial?
A lighthearted look at the American tragedy
There "exists a clear and indisputable Executive Branch interest" in the emails on the RNC-issued accounts, wrote Emmet Flood, Special Counsel to the President.The whole edifice is tottering, but where will it fall? (Or should I say, on whom will it fall?)
The United States said Tuesday that a financial deadlock stalling North Korean disarmament efforts has been broken and hinted that a looming deadline for action by the Stalinist state could be extended.This AP report seems to confirm that the NK nuclear plant will not shut down as agreed:
North Korea will invite back U.N. weapons inspectors as soon as it can access the money from bank accounts in the Chinese territory of Macau and will return to international talks on shutting its nuclear program "at an early date," the official said.
However, North Korea wants to delay a Saturday deadline for switching off its sole operating nuclear reactor by 30 days, the official said, adding that any such change would require agreement from all countries involved in arms talks with the North.
So still no transfer of the money, even though everything is resolved, the deadlock broken, and the technical details ironed out by our hero from the Treasury Department, Daniel Glaser and his helpful entourage. I bet they ate well, at least.
"We support the release of all the funds. It is now a matter of technical implementation," spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters, adding that the actual return of the money would be up to China and North Korea.Um, hasn't it always been a matter of 'technical implementation'?
The U.S. Treasury delegation, which left Beijing Friday after 13 days of negotiations, was led by James Wilkinson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr.; Daniel Glaser, a deputy assistant treasury secretary for terrorist financing and financial crime; and James Fries, deputy assistant general counsel at Treasury.I, who admittedly know next to nothing about banking and international finance, find it mind-boggling that a measly $25 million dollars is enough to block an agreement that would at least slow, if not stop, the DPRK's rush to get nuclear weapons.
They also go into 'article 311' that I learned about from China Matters, and how it's been used to shutdown North Korea's shutdown of their nuclear plant.The story is still flying under the radar screen, but since the Iran affair seems concluded, maybe the newspapers of record will bump it up.
Here's another choice passage:
Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted Chinese chief envoy Wu Dawei as telling Japanese reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that it was difficult for North Korea to meet the deadline to close and seal its nuclear facilities in Yongbyon.
"I believe it's definite. It cannot be helped," Kyodo quoted Wu as saying in reference to Pyongyang missing the deadline.
A delegation led by Daniel Glaser has been in Beijing for several days to discuss the implementation of a deal in which $25 million was to be released into a North Korean account at the Bank of China.This is Glaser's second trip (first was to Macao) and by my count he has been in Beijing 9 days, not several. No report I've read has given even the slightest clue what Mr. Glaser has been up to these 'several' days, I mean, what is the US position on the $25 million? What is the problem? Why don't any of these reporter's sources ever inform on these subjects, or if they do, why isn't it printed?
The meeting is likely to be held in Beijing this weekend, as North Korean money held in a U.S.-blacklisted Macau bank is expected to be released this week, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing unidentified diplomats.There's also this:
However, a senior South Korean official familiar with the nuclear talks dismissed the report as groundless. He did not elaborate and spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the issue's sensitivity.
Yonhap said the top U.S. and North Korean nuclear negotiators — U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan — are likely to attend the weekend bilateral talks.The bilateral talks are supposed to be about uranium enrichment.
A US Treasury official was still in China on Monday, eight days after he arrived to help resolve the transfer of frozen North Korean funds to a Bank of China account.Are the Chinese fed up yet? It can't be pleasant for them.
“He is still here,” a US embassy spokeswoman said late Monday when asked about Daniel Glaser, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes.