Friday, July 07, 2006

Franklin Graham on North Korea

Franklin Graham: Bush, Rice should meet North Korean leaders.

In full ...

The Reverend Franklin Graham says he believes that President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice should meet with North Korea's leaders face-to-face.
The Bush administration has rejected direct talks, insisting on multinational contacts instead.

But Graham told CNN he'd like to see the president meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il before Bush leaves office. Graham added that he believes Secretary of State "Rice needs to be over there before the end of this year."

Graham said that when he visited North Korea in 2000 with his Boone, North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse relief ministry, he met officials who insisted that their country be treated with respect. He says the North Koreans want to be treated as equals.

Graham noted that he told top North Korean officials that he was visiting "in the name of Jesus Christ," and recalled that they bowed their heads in respect when he prayed before meals.

"North Koreans want to be treated as equals." Isn't human pride a trip? I believe Rev. Graham is on to something here.