Sunday, November 28, 2004

Blog #6 - Dan Grigoras

Ever since the North Korea – US relations took a turn for the worst in the 90s, peoples all over the world have lived in fear of what the next step might be in ameliorating the situation. The article Nicole posted, “S.Korea Says North Should Seize Summit Momentum” describes the plan of action proposed by Bush which might be a possible resolution to the situation. Bush recently met with foreign leaders around the world to discuss the possibility of restating the allied offers of security guarantees and economic and energy assistance once North Korea commits to a process of dismantling its nuclear arms programs. South Korea is prepared to make similar negotiations with the country. According to Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, the "Coordinated steps means that when North Korea commits themselves to give up their nuclear development program, then our side will be prepared to provide some provisional security assurances together with energy assistance." Weather or not North Korea chooses to accept this compromise is another matter however. The US and North Korea shared a similar commitment in the 90s which the US backed out of and began this nuclear tension. North Korea could favor compensation for the lost years or spitefully request more benefits before agreeing to the proposal. It could take a while before negotiations are set and North Korea finally agrees to get rid of their nuclear weapons. Very rarely are negotiations settled after first proposal.


Blogger october said...

Discussions at the Inter-Korean Vice-Minister Talks
Regarding the North Korean Nuclear Issue
May 16-19, 2005

The South Korean delegation expressed its stance on the peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue, a major obstacle to peace on the Korean Peninsula, by including in the opening statement of the Joint Press Release a sentence stating that the South and North will “cooperate for the peace of the Korean Peninsula.”

The Position of South Korea on the North Korean Nuclear Issue during the Talks

We strongly urged the North to return to the Six-Party Talks as soon as possible.

We reiterated that the “pledge of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula” must be abided by, and possession of nuclear weapons by North Korea will not be tolerated under any circumstance.

In addition, we made it clear that realization of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula is a prerequisite for inter-Korean reconciliation and cooperation as well as a plan for the full-scale pursuit of coprosperity.

At the same time, we suggested that we would make an important proposal to ensure substantial progress in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue if the North comes back to the Six-Party Talks.

Urging the North to Make a Favorable Decision on Resumption of the Six-Party Talks

We explained to the North that the international community including the South Korean Government itself has stepped up diplomatic efforts for the peaceful settlement of the North Korean nuclear issue.

We also conveyed the deep concern of the international community over North Korea’s claim on February 10, 2005 that it possesses nuclear weapons and had extracted spent fuel rods from 5MWe nuclear reactors and urged Pyongyang to immediately return to the Six-Party Talks.

Significance of the Inter-Korean Vice Ministerial Talks

In the talks, we placed priority on getting inter-Korean relations back on track and restoring inter-Korean dialogue channels.

As the Six-Party Talks have been deadlocked since last June, we expressed a strong resolve “not to tolerate any North Korean nuclear program and to settle the nuclear issue in a peaceful manner.”

It is our evaluation that the resumption of the inter-Korean talks will contribute to forging a favorable environment for settlement of the nuclear issue and the opening of the fourth round of the multilateral talks.

The North Korean Attitude

The North repeated its previous stance that if the United States retracts its so-called “hostile policy toward North Korea” and shows a willingness to coexist, the Six-Party Talks would be reopened and the nuke issue settled.

The North carefully listened to our stance on the nuclear issue, and it is our assessment that the inter-Korean talks served as an opportunity for the North to fully understand our position in a direct manner.

May 25, 2005 at 11:32 PM  

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