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Originally posted by CanadianGlasnost
They are just doing blackmail
Their demands are utterly unacceptable,
South Korea has detected signs North Korea may be preparing to conduct a second nuclear explosion, after a report said U.S. satellites picked up activity at the site of the country's first test last week.
The South Korean government is aware of the indications of activity, a government official who declined to be identified said today by phone in Seoul when asked about the report from Washington by ABC News.
United Nations Security Council 1718, approved on Oct. 14, demands North Korea refrain from carrying out another nuclear test and return to six-nation talks on ending its atomic weapons program. The U.S. yesterday confirmed the detonation last week was nuclear.
Chinese envoy Wu Dawei said the delegates agreed to take coordinated steps toward implementing a September 2005 joint statement in which the North pledged to disarm in exchange for security guarantees and aid.
Russia's top negotiator said his delegation's efforts were aimed primarily at de-escalating tensions.
The Russian side "has pursued a line aimed at ensuring the nuclear-free status of the Korean Peninsula and strengthening security and cooperation in the region, which is adjacent to our Far Eastern borders," said Sergei Razov, who is also Russia's ambassador to China.
The Chinese envoy said an important consensus had been reached. Under the agreement, North Korea has to take first steps to close its main nuclear reactor within 60 days, and in return will receive 50,000 tonnes of fuel oil or economic aid of equal value.
North Korea will then receive another 950,000 tonnes of fuel oil or equivalent when it takes further steps to disable the Yongbon nuclear plant permanently. It will have to provide a complete inventory of its plutonium - the fuel used in Pyongyang's first nuclear test blast last October.