What's the real deal with North Korea/US showdown.
- Article: China slams US policy on North Korean nuclear crisis
- Agence France-Presse
Date: Manila, September 1, 2003
Source: www.hindustantimes.com - Hindustan (a.k.a India) Times.
China on Monday slammed the United States for its policy on North
Korea saying that it is the biggest obstacle in resolving the nuclear
crisis in the Korean peninsula.
China's chief delegate to the recently concluded six-nation talks on
the stand-off Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, "The American
policy towards DPRK -- this is the main problem we are facing."
North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK), had said that its expectations at last week's talks,
also involving China, Japan, Russia and South Korea, had
been "betrayed" by "hostile" US policy.
North Korea also described the discussions as "pointless" and threw
into doubt its participation at the next round of talks.
Washington has reportedly rejected Pyongyang's demand for a non-
aggression pact and other concessions as a precondition to
dismantling its nuclear programmes.
[e.g. No doubt to not witness an invasion once it dismantles it's
nukes like what Iraq went through.]
Wang, who is accompanying China's number two leader Wu Bangguo to an
Asian parliamentary meeting in Manila, indicated that Washington
might have to make its position on North Korea clearer.
"We hope each party, including the US and DPRK, move together so we
can find the final solution," he said as he assessed the maiden round
of the Beijing negotiations.
Washington has been adamant that the Stalinist state's nuclear
programme must be dismantled before it will consider economic
assistance and diplomatic normalisation for the bankrupt country.
North Korea's chief negotiator Kim Yong-II repeated during the talks
in Beijing the regime's long-standing demands that a non-aggression
pact be signed, diplomatic relations be normalised and the United
States refrain from interfering in the North's economic relations
with other countries.
The crisis erupted in October after Washington said North Korea had
admitted to running a nuclear programme based on enriched uranium in
violation of a 1994 nuclear freeze accord.[-End]