Saturday, February 19, 2005

North Korea: NK declaration of no more talks ever lasted about a week. I think China decided to put Kim Jong in his place.

"North Korea will return to six-party talks on its nuclear program if the United States pledges to stay out of Pyongyang's "domestic affairs" -- a prospect that could lead to the two nations becoming "friends," North Korea's envoy to the United Nations told a South Korean newspaper for Saturday's editions. Last week, North Korea said it had no intention of returning to the negotiating table and declared that the nation already has nuclear weapons and is prepared to build more. That earlier statement was met by strong comments in Washington, which has refused to offer concessions to North Korea and has rejected Pyongyang's calls for direct talks with the United States. Meanwhile, Wang Giarui, a senior Chinese government official, left Beijing for Pyongyang Saturday for weekend talks aimed at trying to get North Korea back to the six-party talks. The Foreign Ministry had announced the trip earlier in the week."

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