posted on Aug, 7 2005 @ 05:44 AM
The six-way disarmament talks over North Korea's nuclear weapons have stalled again. The talks broke down over North Koreas insistance on maintaining
a peaceful nuclear power programme. The North Koreans are demanding that they receive the Light Water Reactor they were promised in the now defunkt
Agreed Framework of 1994. The talks are set to resume in a few weeks.
BEIJING - Envoys to North Korean disarmament talks on Sunday suspended their meetings for three weeks, deadlocked over the North's insistence on
retaining a peaceful nuclear program.
The latest round of six-nation talks lasted 13 days. They are to resume the week of Aug. 29, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei told reporters.
However, he warned that even after the break, "I can't say for sure that we will reach agreement."
The American envoy, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, said contacts between Washington and Pyongyang would not have to stop during the
"Sure, we're willing to be in contact," Hill said. "We will continue to share our views. We won't let issues of protocol ... get in the way. We
are going to work aggressively to take care of this problem."
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I think the North Koreans are changing tactic in light of Iran's latest concessions from the Americans over their peaceful nuclear power
They have absolutely no chance of receiving the LWR as the Agreed Framework is anathema to the Bush administrations "moral clarity". The North
Koreans will push and push for it until the 11th hour, drop the demand in return for increased fuel aid, normalized relations, and a non-agression
They might get one or two of the above but definately not all. The recent mellowing of the Bush administrations rhetoric on the remaining Axis of Evil
troika will have encouraged the North Koreans to continue their agressive negotiations.
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