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TA-ANALYSIS: N. Korea Pulls Out of Talks Amid Accusations

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posted on Dec, 2 2004 @ 01:24 AM
Accusing the US, its allies, and the IAEA of covering up South Korea's uranium enrichment program, North Korea has once again pulled out of talks to curtail its nuke programs. This issue now is tied to the North Koreans returning to talks, as they insist that the US has applied a double standard to South Korea's enrichment experiments. South Korea has admitted to producing small amounts of plutonium and enriched uranium by the year 2000, which can be used to fuel nuclear reactors or for weapons.
North Korea's government said the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.S. are hiding South Korea's nuclear experiments and it wants the issue to take priority at six-nation talks on its nuclear program.

"The U.S. and the IAEA are going to hush up the secret nuclear-related experiments of South Korea the way they think fit,'' the official Korean Central News Agency said late yesterday, citing the Foreign Ministry. "If the IAEA does not settle the secret nuclear experiments of South Korea in an understandable manner, this issue will stand out as the most important issue at the six-party talks.''

North Korea has accused the U.S. and its allies of applying double standards to South Korea's experiments. The North Korean government rejected resuming talks with the U.S., China, South Korea, Japan and Russia aimed at dismantling the communist nation's nuclear weapons program, citing the experiments and the U.S. maintaining "hostile policies.''

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This move puts Washington back, as the prospects for North Korea returning to talks looked good not too long ago. But it does make some sense. If there is to be complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, then South Korea will need to come clean as well, and without a coverup from either the US, UN, or the IAEA, IMO.

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[edit on 2-12-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Dec, 4 2004 @ 01:42 PM
Just another walk in the park for PRK. When is our govt. going to put an end to the PRK's stalling tactics? Every time something does'nt suit their fancy, they tuck tail and pull out off talks. I would like to see the U.S. step to the side and let the U.K. and the rest of the free world enact economic sanctions against the PRK. We (U.S.) are getting no where in trying to deal with them. If the U.Nations had an backbone whatsoever they would have reckonized this fact sooner. The only way to effectively deal with them is not to but the question then is how can their proliferation of WMD's be kept in check short of massive arieal bombardment? Anyone have any ideas?

posted on Dec, 4 2004 @ 02:14 PM
Perhaps US is thinking that allowing North Korea to have nuclear power along with South Korea will keep the two nations on guard and fearful of each other.

Or perhaps US will be better off if they nuke each other and the problem with them will be over.


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