[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Seoul in an awkward spotIn his article, “Doing what we have to do,” (Sept. 9), Mr. Moon seems to suggest that Seoul is being punished for its “honesty” in disclosing such “child’s play” as 0.2 grams of enriched uranium. Coming clean four years after the fact when faced with challenging questions is not “an honest effort”; otherwise, the North should be applauded for its “honesty” in admitting its own covert nuclear activities.
You can argue about the non-threatening amount and purpose of the experiment. You can argue that Seoul should be free to enrich uranium for industrial purposes, like its neighbor Japan. You can even ponder the question posed by Mr. Moon, “Why are we (the South) the only ones holding on to this dead-letter treaty?” (Does he suggest “two rogues make a right”?) But you can’t argue that this puts Seoul in an awkward and embarrassing position when it comes to persuading the North to give up its nuclear ambitions.
by T. Cheatheam