In an effort to get North Korea to attend talks about dropping any nuclear program, the USA is considering hefty incentives. These include, but are
not limited to: energy aid, security, and removal from a list of states which sponsor terrorism. North Korea had stopped attending the meetings
earlier this year.
SEOUL-- North Korea can expect a range of benefits if it drops its nuclear arms programs, a U.S. official knowledgeable about talks with the
Communist regime said Thursday, as he called for the North to return to nuclear negotiations.
"We are talking permanent, thorough, transparent denuclearization, that is subject to verification," the official, who spoke on the condition of
anonymity, said at a meeting with journalists. He ruled out offering any incentives to bring Pyongyang back to the six-party talks, however.
He added that if Pyongyang denuclearizes, it could expect "a rich basket" of "corresponding measures," including energy aid and assistance in
joining international financial institutions. The official also said that North Korea would be offered multilateral security assurances and could be
removed "very quickly" from the U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism.
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There are six nations who were in talks, now stalled. These talks were intended to try to get North Korea to abandon any nuclear program. Prior to
the US elections, talks were suspended. In an effort to jump-start them, the US is hinting at huge incentives.
I realize that is is an important issue and any program that can help that nation overcome it's problems will be welcomed especially by it's
citizens. but I have to question the amount of assistance unless the cost is to be Internationally shared.
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