North Korea has agreed to resume talks on nuclear arms, after refusing to negotiate on the matter for more than a year. The talks, which last took
place in June of 2004, will resume the week of July 25th.
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Saturday it will rejoin six-nation nuclear arms talks in July, ending a more than yearlong boycott in a
breakthrough announced on the eve of a meeting between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Chinese leaders.
The statement came after North Korean and U.S. envoys held a previously unannounced meeting in Beijing.
The negotiations, which involve the two Koreas, the United States, Japan, China and Russia, will resume July 25, the North's official Korean Central
News Agency said. A Bush administration official in Beijing said the talks would resume the week of July 25
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This is good news, to be sure. The N Koreans had been refusing to resume talks until Condoleeza Rice apologized for comments she made previously,
calling N Korea "an outpost of tyranny". Apparently, they are so motivated to resume talks that they are forgoing a public apology from her.
Only time will tell, of course, as to whether N Korea will participate in good faith or if they will look for another reason to withdraw from the
negotiations; one can only hope that they are sincere in their desire to come to an agreement with the U.S. and the other four countries on this
isuue. After all, it was just last month that N Korea agrred to rejoin the talks, only to change their minds again.
I suppose the North Koreans can claim to be the magnanimous side after Ms. Rice's refusal to retract her insults. Or that is their intention. Its a
choreographed show as far as North Korea is concerned.
We'll have to see where this goes. During the negotiations while the Korean War was going on, there was a big argument over the size and placement
of the flags that were put on the tables. I HOPE that they will negotiate in good faith, but I'm AFRAID they'll find another excuse to pull out
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