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North Korea 'Ready to Suspend Nuclear Activities'
The Chosun Ilbo ^ | January 22, 2007

Posted on 01/21/2007 10:02:00 PM PST by HAL9000

North Korea has reportedly agreed to halt nuclear activities including operations at a reactor in Yongbyon, and allow on-site monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency as the first steps to abandoning its nuclear program. The agreement came during a meeting of the chief nuclear negotiators of the U.S. and North Korea that ended Friday in Berlin, sources said.

According to diplomatic sources in Seoul and Beijing, North Korea’s top nuclear envoy Kim Kye-gwan told his U.S. counterpart Christopher Hill that North Korea will yield in return for economic and energy aid from the U.S. and assurances that the U.S. will seek to unfreeze North Korea’s US$24 million in accounts with the Macau-based Banco Delta Asia.

The U.S. will discuss conditions for the lifting of financial sanctions in separate bilateral talks scheduled this month. The North is expected to implement its part of the deal once it is finalized in the next round of the six-nation nuclear talks, which are likely to resume early next month. Pyongyang and Washington agreed to use the term “monitoring” rather than “inspection.”

Other sources said Pyongyang demanded that Washington consider transforming the armistice that ended the Korean War into a peace treaty as soon as it starts implementing the initial measures, and the U.S. gave a positive response. The two Koreas remain technically at war since no peace treaty was ever concluded.

Hill flew from Tokyo to Beijing on Sunday to discuss the six-party talks. He said he expected the multilateral negotiations to reopen “in a couple of weeks.”

Meanwhile, Kim met with his Russian counterpart Alexander Losyukov in Moscow on Sunday morning. Diplomatic sources in Moscow said Kim told the Russian deputy foreign minister about the results of his meeting with Hill in Berlin and sought cooperation from Russia in persuading the U.S. to lift financial sanctions. Kim also reportedly discussed with Losyukov the timetable for the resumption of the six-party talks.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bancodeltaasia; christopherhill; korea; northkorea; nuclearweapons; sanctions; yongbyon

1 posted on 01/21/2007 10:02:01 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

Why are people playing ball with this guy.
He is a modern day mass murdering pol pot who just needs to be taken out.


2 posted on 01/21/2007 10:03:31 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: HAL9000; TigerLikesRooster; Jet Jaguar; monkapotamus; All

OH TIGER CHIA pet is at again


3 posted on 01/21/2007 10:08:40 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: HAL9000
'Ready to Suspend Nuclear Activities'

He's always ready. ....as long as enough U.S. taxpayer dollars are being offered.

And then, not long after he receives what he wants, he'll resume nuke production.

Same old game. ....and I hope we're done playing.

4 posted on 01/21/2007 10:12:02 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: HAL9000

Three year old wants cookie, can't have cookie, throws tantrum, gets cookie.

Three year old learns bad lesson.


5 posted on 01/21/2007 10:12:20 PM PST by ArmstedFragg
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To: HAL9000
Re #1

Three steps forward. One step back in exchange for some concession. This game is not over.

6 posted on 01/21/2007 10:12:25 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, kae jong-il, chia head, pogri, midget sh*tbag)
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To: HAL9000

The dems are not going to like this one bit.


7 posted on 01/21/2007 10:16:20 PM PST by CyberAnt (Drive-By Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: CyberAnt
The dems are not going to like this one bit.

Why not? It's the fact that they took control of Congress that ultimately made Bush be more compromising to finally get a deal with Kim. < / media spin>

8 posted on 01/21/2007 10:18:52 PM PST by zarf
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To: zarf

The dems are against anything Bush does that's good .. somehow they will make a negative out of it.


9 posted on 01/21/2007 10:24:30 PM PST by CyberAnt (Drive-By Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: humblegunner

Ronery ping


10 posted on 01/21/2007 10:27:22 PM PST by Allegra (Vote Dulcie / Finbar 2008)
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To: HAL9000

Bush rolled up the Pak nuke souk, Got Libya to fold and turn over its nuke program we didn't even know about and now this--And who gets the Nobel prize for peace? Thugs like Annan, Carter and Arafat.

Bush has done more for world peace than anyone in the world.


11 posted on 01/21/2007 10:48:27 PM PST by the Real fifi
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To: the Real fifi
Well said. In addition to the successes you mentioned, I'm certain that Saddam Hussein would be in an nuclear arms race with Iran if he had not removed from power. Iran and North Korea are feeling the heat from Washington now, and there are signs that they are having second thoughts about their foolish efforts.

President Bush may never get the credit he deserves for fighting against the proliferation of nuclear weapons - but he has never been motivated by seeking prizes or adulation. His record of accomplishment speaks for itself.

12 posted on 01/21/2007 11:07:41 PM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: Mount Athos
Why are people playing ball with this guy.

Why assume we are playing ball? Perhaps the NK regime is finally on the brink of collapse and they solicited us with an offer.

Not that I know anything you dont wrt this meeting. And I agree little Kim deserves the business end of a large GPS guided munition. :)

13 posted on 01/21/2007 11:15:29 PM PST by Magnum44 (Terrorism is a disease, precise application of superior force is the ONLY cure)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

How very interesting. Not what I expected at all. Maybe Kimmie is finding the big boom a little more difficult than expected? No comment beyond that...watching closely...BTT...


14 posted on 01/21/2007 11:15:59 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
Re #14

There is a report to that effect in local media here. It says that NK researchers purposely put less than weapon's grade Plutonium(more than 7% of Pu240), ensuring the explosion, but resulting in far less yield(TNT 400 ton) than desired(4 kilo ton.) This is because they have been making exaggerated report of their progress to Kim Jong-il to keep him satisfied. However, they were worried quite a lot about the day when they are asked to perform the nuclear test. Basically their detonator was far from perfect. Their solution to this serious predicament was to use Plutonium with too much Pu240. This way, the bomb will explode whether the detonator works properly or not.

15 posted on 01/21/2007 11:45:21 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, kae jong-il, chia head, pogri, midget sh*tbag)
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To: HAL9000
Iran and North Korea are feeling the heat from Washington now, and there are signs that they are having second thoughts about their foolish efforts.
& he has never been motivated by seeking prizes or adulation. His record of accomplishment speaks for itself.

Agree.

I think Iraq will settle down even more real soon. Just in time for the Dems to try and take the credit for that too.

We're back to being on the defense again. Seems like it is what we are best at. Not sure why Republicans have never learned how to play the media/public give them what they want to hear games. No lying, but sure could do a better job at PR. Need to learn to brag ourselves up all the time even when there is nothing going on. Talk, talk, talk yourselves up and your enemies can't keep up with trying to out do you. President Bush may not be motivated to brag about his accomplishments or try to look good for the public but that is why he needs good PR people. Someone else should be thinking about this ALL the time. Not dropping the ball once as far as I'm concerned.

16 posted on 01/22/2007 12:27:39 AM PST by Bittersweetmd (God is Great and greatly to be praised.)
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To: HAL9000; Millee; Allegra; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; carlr; PaulaB; Maximus of Texas; EX52D
Re: North Korea 'Ready to Suspend Nuclear Activities'

Yeah... And Nancy P is a virgin...
17 posted on 01/22/2007 12:52:01 AM PST by Bender2 (Nancy P needs to spend a few weeks with her supporters in Tehran...)
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To: HAL9000

Wonder if President Bush is going to include this in tomorrow night's SOTU?


18 posted on 01/22/2007 3:48:19 PM PST by bobsunshine
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To: bobsunshine

"Wonder if President Bush is going to include this in tomorrow night's SOTU?"

If Bush declared tomorrow night that North Korea has suspended all nuclear activities, the Dem response would be, "Iran is developing nukes, what are we doing about that?"


19 posted on 01/22/2007 5:03:29 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz
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To: HAL9000
Will he lie for $24 million?

Oh will he!

20 posted on 01/22/2007 5:13:45 PM PST by JasonC
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To: HAL9000
"I'm ready to suspend my nuclear activities. Really, I won't do it again. So come on and kick some more aid my way."


21 posted on 01/22/2007 5:14:59 PM PST by guitfiddlist (When the 'Rats break out switchblades, it's no time to invoke Robert's Rules.)
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To: Magnum44
Nah, just an easy way to play those silly gullible westerners for suckers once again, move the locked money, and then go right on making all the nukes he likes, with said money safely in his grubby little hands.
22 posted on 01/22/2007 5:15:09 PM PST by JasonC
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To: Billthedrill

I think Kimme is finding it pretty expensive to build these things - bet he's running out of money.


23 posted on 01/22/2007 5:20:15 PM PST by mike_9958
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