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Seoul Warns N.Korea as U.S. Envoy on N.Korea Arrives in Beijing (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 03:17 AM
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, Christopher Hill, arrived in Beijing Tuesday to discuss ways to resume the six-party talks concerning North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Hill flew to the Chinese capital directly from Seoul and will fly on to Tokyo on Wednesday before returning to South Korea. Recently, U.S. satellites have observed heightened activity in areas where underground nuclear testing could be conducted. On Monday, South Korea's Foreign Minister warned North Korea not to carry out nuclear tests.
"We are in regular close contact with China. We have asked the Chinese and others to use their influence to bring the North back to the table and to avoid provocative measures," the spokeswoman [for Hill] said.

Pyongyang has cited alleged US intentions to topple its Stalinist government as its primary reason for pulling out of the talks and on February 10 announced that it possesses nuclear weapons.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the United States believes North Korea is now planning to test a nuclear weapon and has asked China to intervene.

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South Korea Warns North Korea Not To Carry Out Nuclear Tests
South Korea warned North Korea Monday against carrying out a nuclear weapons test, saying it would only push the Stalinist country further into isolation. South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon made the comments after the Wall Street Journal reported last week that Washington was concerned a North Korean nuclear test could be in the works.

"If North Korea takes reckless measures such as a nuclear test, it will be isolated further from the outside world with its future unguaranteed," Ban told a seminar [in Seoul]. "Nuclear weapons will not guarantee North Korea's security but deepen its political and economic isolation," Ban said.

North Korea's military chief, Kim Yong-Chun, said Sunday the communist country would "steadily bolster" its nuclear deterrent as a result of hostile moves by the United States.

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The situation with North Korea appears to only be deteriorating. Normal avenues of diplomacy it seems will not work with the Stalinist state, which is determined to back itself into a corner, teeth and claws bared. However, sometimes one wonders if the pressure being brought to bear on North Korea is done so in the spirit of non-proliferation, or perhaps with the less noble motive of retaining a monopoly on nuclear arms. Nations such as Iran and Korea could well be forgiven for thinking "what's good for the goose..."

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[edit on 2005/4/26 by wecomeinpeace]

posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 05:22 AM
I still suspect the Chinese are backing NK for an advantage to themselves during economic negotiations.

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