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