(Screwed up and posted nothing. Figured I'd use the space for a couple questions)
Long story short:
N. Korea violated a fuel-for-no-nukes agreement with the U.S. They fired up the nuke plant so we cut off the fuel. We cut off the fuel, so they kicked out International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors, pulled out of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and threatened to abandon the 1953 Korean War armistice, a war they fought against the U.N. Now the US says that the issue of North Korea must be discussed multilateraly. The North Koreans want the talks to be bilateral. Even though the IAEA, the NPT, and the UN are all multilateral issues/organizations, seveal local countries, China foremost among them, favor bilateral talks.
Do we appease the local countries and deal with them alone (and I could have sworn I just heard a bunch of people bitching about the U.S. doing things alone, but whatever) or do we stick to our insistance that everyone deal with them together?
If we deal with it alone does anyone else have the right to comment on how we handle it since they were given a chance to participate and insisted on staying out of it?