posted on Mar, 20 2005 @ 11:18 AM
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has signaled that growing frustration with North Korea may force the United States to move on from 6 nation talks.
The Stalinist state has refused efforts to return to talks aimed at eliminating its nuclear program. Rice is now conferring and laying the ground work
on how to best deal with North Korea if the negotiations fail. While no specific plan has been put forth, many believe the Bush administration to be
set to refer the matter to the United Nations for a consideration of sanctions.
BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday the United States would not allow a stalemate over North Korea's refusal to
return to nuclear arms negotiations to go on forever.
With U.S. impatience rising over the six-party negotiations, Rice has begun to lay the groundwork with her Asian partners for how to deal with North
Korea if it stays away, a senior State Department official said.
While the official would not specify what moves were under consideration, hard-liners in the Bush administration want to call the talks off and report
North Korea to the United Nations for possible sanctions.
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So either the U.S. and others have finally grown tired of the endless toddler tantrums Kim keeps throwing out, or this is an elaborate ploy. You
bluff we bluff. Either way the stakes seem to be slowly ratchting up. This will be much more complicated to deal with for sure. The U.S. was right to
engage China and let it be a major player in this. If they cannot get thier boy to heel, they lose face. If they can, Crazy Kim is de-nuked. Form the
administrations standpoint its a win-win