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North Korea Agrees to Resume Six-party Talks

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posted on Oct, 31 2006 @ 07:27 AM
North Korea today agreed to resume six-party talks on it's nuclear strategy, according to a Chinese report. This is the first lessening of tensions in the area since NK supposedly tested a nuclear device underground.
BEIJING, China (AP) -- North Korea agreed Tuesday to rejoin six-nation nuclear disarmament talks in a surprise diplomatic breakthrough three weeks after the communist regime conducted its first known atomic test, the Chinese government said.

Chinese, U.S. and North Korean envoys to the negotiations held a day of unpublicized talks in Beijing during which North Korea agreed to return to the larger six-nation talks on its nuclear programs, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

"The three parties agreed to resume the six-party talks at the earliest convenient time," the Chinese statement said.

The agreement is one of the first signs of easing tensions since North Korea conducted the underground detonation on October 9, defying warnings from both the United States and Japan, and its staunchest ally, China.

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This is good news, if the North Koreans are sincere. But it may also be just another stalling tactic from them, as we have seen in the past.

If it proves fruitful, it will be a diplomatic victory for the Chinese government. China, which is NK's largest oil supplier, is one of the few nations tha NK will speak directly with.

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[edit on 31-10-2006 by jsobecky]

posted on Oct, 31 2006 @ 09:03 PM
Score one for Bush.

Kim has blinked or maybe it was a swift kick in the pants by the Chinese.

Whatever the cause, it's good news for the world.

posted on Oct, 31 2006 @ 11:52 PM

President Bush cautiously welcomed the deal and thanked the Chinese for brokering it. But he said the agreement wouldn't sidetrack U.S. efforts to enforce sanctions adopted by the U.N. Security Council to punish Pyongyang for its Oct. 9 nuclear test.

He said there was still "a lot of work to do" and the U.S. would send teams to the region "to make sure that the current United Nations Security Council resolution is enforced."

The ultimate goal is "a North Korea that abandons her nuclear weapons programs and her nuclear weapons in a verifiable fashion in return for a better way forward for her people," the president said.

It does look like China had a big hand in bringing NK about 180 degrees in this matter.

posted on Nov, 1 2006 @ 06:39 PM
I'm sorry, but I'm a little pessimistic about this development. As you stated in your article, the NK's may be bluffing. I personally say, Of course they're bluffing! It's worked so well before. Why change strategies now.

They've tested an ICBM and a Nuclear weapon with virtually no repercussions. Why not go back to the negotiating table while they upgrade their prototypes for the next tests? Meanwhile, get some sanctions removed.

Iran is watching North Korea play us like a fiddle.

posted on Nov, 2 2006 @ 12:24 AM
Well, as Bush said, the sanctions will continue while the talks go on.

It now appears that the main reason that Kim has agreed to talks is his desire to have the NK funds unfrozen. NK has been using banks in Macau to launder counterfeit funds.

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