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North Korea Diplomacy Rolls Forward

Posted by K.E. White on October 3, 2007


North Korea has signed onto the second-phase of six party negotiations, possibly disabling their nuclear facilities by December 2007.

But this success is still partial: with Christopher Hill making it clear that North Korea’s “complete, full denuclearization” a 2008 goal.

From Reuters:

North Korea could disable its nuclear facilities by the end of this year under a tentative accord reached in six-party negotiations over its atomic programmes, diplomatic sources said on Monday.

Talks in Beijing between the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia ended on Sunday to allow delegates to discuss a joint statement, which includes details on the next phase of the denuclearisation plan, with their governments.

Under the draft agreement, North Korea would disable three facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex and declare its nuclear programmes — including its uranium enrichment plans — by the end of the year, diplomatic sources in Tokyo told Reuters.

Read the full text of the agreement here.

The Guardian gives great coverage the story, focusing on US Envoy Christopher Hill’s view of the agreement:

Christopher HillOnce there is a six-party agreement, Hill said on Tuesday in New York, the U.S. expects the process of disabling the reactor to get under way “in a matter of weeks.” The U.S. wants the dismantling process so thorough that a nuclear facility could not be made operational for at least 12 months.

“We will then be able to move to what we hope will be a final phase,” Hill said. “That is in the calendar year 2008 which will deal with the actual abandonment of the fissile material.”

Hill said the North – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK – has about 110 pounds of fissile material harvested from the nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, and will have to declare exactly how much. The U.S. also wants to resolve concerns about the North’s uranium enrichment program, he said.

2 Responses to “North Korea Diplomacy Rolls Forward”

  1. kwak said

    I think that this whole thing happening in North Korea is a staged act which is helping the US to make their case with Iran. Meanwhile, by giving a PASS to Kim Jong Il, who is even worst than the Burma’s Generals Dictator, is showing that the US foreign policy has completely failed.

    Billions of dollars in the past and more promissed now, are to go to the hands of the Kim Jong Il, and they will never be able to monitor nor assess if these aid would ever arrive to the north korean people, who are suffering under the regime.

  2. dongfengtruth said

    China and North Korea in possible nuclear deal
    Details: http//

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