Powell assures n. Korea that U.S. plans no attack

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Tue Dec 17 03:39:54 MST 2002


The contrast between the way the United States is pursuing its aggression
and hostility toward Iraq, and the relatively extreme caution with which it
is doing the same toward North Korea, has to be the best argument anyone
could possibly  have come up with for the proliferation of "wapons of mass
destruction."

Iraq, which has none of them, is openly threatened with massive bombing,
occupation, and the imposition of essentially direct colonial rule on the
most flimsy pretests.  North Korea, which is believed to have a couple
nuclear bombs and definitely has some other things, is told -- they better
not take Powell's word for it, of course -- that the United States does not
intend to attack and doesn't want a conflict.

If you based your judgment on the official diplomatic and military stance of
the United States government, it would be hard to avoid the conclusion that
the world
is a more dangerous place right at this moment because Iraq doesn't have
these weapons, and a very slightly less dangerous place because North Korea
does.

Imagine what many governments must be thinking:  "If you want to have the
tiniest bit of  freedom from U.S. domination, you better get some "weapons
of mass destruction" and you better do it FAST."
Fred Feldman


December 16, 2002
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell offered assurances Monday to
North Korea that the United States had no plan to attack it but he rejected
an overture for a nonagression treaty. "The United States is not seeking to
precipitate a crisis," Powell said. In fact, he said, the Bush
administration was ready to move forward and forge a
better relationship with Pyongyang.

"North Korea knows the United States does not intend to start a war with
North Korea," Powell said during talks at the State Department with Japan's
foreign and defense ministers.

But signing a treaty would reward North Korea for decisions to resume
enrichment of fuel for nuclear weapons and to reopen shuttered nuclear power
facilities, Powell said.

Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi echoed Powell's demands that North Korea
reverse the twin decisions that have stirred a diplomatic crisis.
She said Japan maintained a channel for direct communication with North
Korea - a contact the Bush administration has ruled out for itself - but
that there was no difference in the U.S. and Japanese policy on North Korean
nuclear power facilities.

North Korea will have to dismantle its unanium enrichment program and
reverse its decision to reopen nuclear power facilities, she said.

"There is no difference between us," Kawaguchi said.
Undersecretary of State Paul Wolfowitz and Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru
Ishiba also attended the talks. They are scheduled regularly to strengthen
ties between the two countries. Last year's meeting was called off, however,
after the 9-11 terror attacks on the United States.




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