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S. Korea says North 'must talk about nukes

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posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 12:33 AM

South Korea insisted that North Korea accept separate talks on its nuclear weapons despite an agreement between the two nations to hold high-level military dialogue to ease months of tensions.

Analysts were cautious about prospects for the negotiations, which would be the first since the North sparked outrage in the South in November with a deadly bombardment of a border island.

Washington welcomed Thursday's agreement on the military talks, which came a day after US and Chinese leaders called in a summit statement for "sincere and constructive dialogue" between the two Koreas.

"That is an important step forward. I think some of that comes as a result of yesterday's meeting here... clearly a positive step," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

The North's official news agency said the peninsula "is in a critical moment of peace or war". It confirmed the North is willing to discuss two deadly border incidents that the South blames on its neighbour.

Cross-border relations have been sour since a conservative government in Seoul linked major aid to its neighbour's progress on nuclear disarmament.

They worsened sharply last May when the South accused the North of torpedoing one of its warships with the loss of 46 lives, a charge Pyongyang denies.

Tensions rose even higher after the North bombarded Yeonpyeong island, killing four people, including civilians.

The North said the shelling was in response to the South's artillery drill on the island near the disputed border, which dropped shells into what Pyongyang claims as its waters.


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edit on 21-1-2011 by Gemwolf because: Added ex tags

posted on Jan, 22 2011 @ 12:39 PM
reply to post by Lafaso870

We have to factor in what the two principals are saying to North and South Korea, as this is part of the next generation of cold war, and neither Korea are in control of what is happening, so if we accept that China and The US are calling the shots in the background, of course, South Korea and The US would want a serious discussion about NK’s nuclear weapons. I am surprised that this external source is only talking about nuclear weapons, NK does has other WMDs.

Of course, SK/USA would want to get as much information on NK’s nuclear program as I am firmly of the belief that China and NK have been working together on WMD development. I can see many advantages for China to have a satellite client developing WMDs.

And there is little change that North and South Korea will sit down at a table and talk about NK’s nuclear weapons and continued developed program, as this is the last thing that China wants. Additional airing about NK’s nuclear weapons could give SK/USA more parts of their intelligence picture.

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