[Marxism] RE: North Korea to Stand Firm Against US Threats to Attack

Tony Abdo gojack10 at hotmail.com
Tue May 11 23:47:59 MDT 2004

The nonchalance of the international press continues as talks open today in 
Beijing with both the US and North Korea preparing for what may well be a 
nuclear war in the making.

Korea, U.S. Face Possible Aid Dispute
By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press Writer

BEIJING - Beginning low-level nuclear talks, envoys from the United States, 
North Korea  and four other nations faced a possible dispute Wednesday over 
the North's demand for aid in exchange for freezing its weapons program.

North Korea says it wants the talks in the Chinese capital to focus on 
economic aid. It promised "patience and magnanimity," but warned of 
unspecified "very serious consequences" if Washington presses its demand for 
the North to dismantle the program without discussing aid.

The "working level" meeting is meant to develop an agenda for a third round 
of high-level talks on the North's nuclear ambitions, which host Beijing 
says it hopes take place before July.

The U.S. State Department says its envoy, Joseph DeTrani, might hold a rare 
one-on-one meeting with North Korea's delegate during the talks at a Chinese 
government guesthouse. Also represented in the talks are Russia, Japan and 
South Korea (news - web sites).

U.S. officials say they expect the meeting to last several days, but no 
ending date has been set.

The United States and its allies say they were willing to provide aid if 
North Korea freezes its nuclear facilities and commits itself to permanently 
dismantling them.

North Korea has balked at making such a commitment, and insists on aid and a 
freeze taking place simultaneously.

In Seoul, South Korea's foreign minister said the talks will focus on two 
"key issues": making the Korean Peninsula nuclear weapons-free and taking 
"corresponding measures" for a North Korean freeze.

"We hope that the countries involved in the talks will avoid confrontational 
attitudes and get down to deep and concrete talks on the key issues," said 
Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon.

The dispute erupted in October 2002 when the United States said North 
Korea's isolated Stalinist regime admitted operating a secret nuclear 
program in violation of a 1994 agreement.

The North says it will give up the program only in exchange for economic aid 
and a U.S. guarantee not to attack.

"The `reward for freeze' should be taken up as a major agenda item at the 
working group meeting," Pyongyang said Tuesday in a statement carried by its 
state news agency.

"If the U.S. turns aside this and takes the meeting as an opportunity to 
insist on" a complete dismantling, "that will entail very serious 
consequences," the statement said.

Though it gave no details, the North says it is pushing ahead with 
developing a "nuclear deterrent" needed to avert what it says is the 
possibility of a U.S. invasion.

The two governments are technically still at war since the 1950-53 Korean 
War, which ended without a peace treaty.

North Korea believes "there would be no need for it to sit with the U.S. at 
the negotiating table if the U.S. seeks to force the DPRK, not a defeated 
country, to accept its absurd demand, talking about `irreversible and the 
like'," the statement said, referring to the country by the initials of its 
formal name.

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