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(LEAD) Clinton urges N. Korea not to launch missile, proposes missile talks
Yonhap News ^ | 03/11/09 | Hwang Doo-hyong

Posted on 03/11/2009 9:09:29 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

(LEAD) Clinton urges N. Korea not to launch missile, proposes missile talks

By Hwang Doo-hyong

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday urged North Korea not to launch a ballistic missile, proposing to hold talks on North Korea's missile program as well as six-party talks on ending the North's nuclear ambitions.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Clinton stressed the "need to have a conversation about missiles," adding, "We would like to see it be part of the discussion with North Korea."

Clinton's suggestion for missile talks came just hours after Geoff Morrell, a Pentagon spokesman, backed away from assuring any intent to intercept North Korea's missile launch, although U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other senior officials have suggested the U.S. could shoot down a missile from North Korea.

National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair also told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday that he believes North Korea might be intending to launch a peaceful space payload, although other U.S. officials see the North's claim as a cover for launching a ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland U.S.

Clinton stopped short of saying what the United States would do if North Korea actually launches the missile, which the North claims to be a rocket to orbit a communications satellite.

"I think that our partners in the six-party talks are concerned about the missile launch," she said. "They are willing to address it, if it does happen, with us, in a variety of ways, including the Security Council. But I don't want to, you know, talk about hypotheticals."

Clinton noted that five parties of the six-party talks have been outspoken in their opposition to the North Koreans' missile launch and have attempted to dissuade North Korea from proceeding.

U.S. officials have been threatening to refer any North Korean launch of a missile or satellite to the United Nations Security Council for additional sanctions, saying the launch of a satellite involves the same technology as a ballistic missile launch, which is banned under a resolution adopted in 2006.

"We believe that the missile launch, for whatever purpose it is stated to be aimed at, is in violation of the Security Council resolution," Clinton said. "We are still working to try to dissuade the North Koreans."

North Korea claims it is planning to launch a satellite into orbit as part of its space program, warning that any interception would trigger war, including destruction of U.S. or Japanese interceptors.

The 2006 resolution, adopted after North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile, was diluted greatly by China, which made sure that any sanctions to be applied by U.N. member states are voluntary rather than mandatory.

Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, said that the Security Council "would have no choice but to fully enforce the existing resolutions and pass a follow-on agreement that contains stronger punitive measures" if it "wants to salvage any credibility for the viability of its resolutions and to uphold the tenet of nonproliferation."

Klingner said that the North's missile or satellite launch "would represent the first foreign policy test of President Obama's rhetoric," noting the new U.S. president's campaign pledge to apply stronger sanctions on North Korea in case the reclusive communist state fails to abide by its commitment for dismantlement and nonproliferation of its nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

The North's move to launch a rocket comes as South Korea and the U.S. have begun a 12-day annual joint military exercise, which the North described as a rehearsal for an invasion.

Earlier in the day, State Department spokesman Robert Wood dismissed such a charge as "baseless and nonsense."

Clinton, meanwhile, said she does not want the missile issue to divert attention from the six-party talks.

"It is important to recognize that the North Koreans entered into obligations, regarding denuclearization, that we intend to try to hold them to," she said. "And that is something we're going to do, regardless of what happens with their -- with what they may or may not launch in the future."

Clinton said she would like to see the six-party talks resume "at the earliest possible moment."

"Let's not confuse the two," she said. "The goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula remains a paramount goal, and the six-party-talk framework should be restarted so that we can begin to work on that."

The nuclear talks were deadlocked in December when North Korea refused to agree to a verification protocol for its nuclear facilities, although a six-party deal calls for the North's denuclearization in return for a massive economic aid, diplomatic recognition by Washington and its allies and a permanent peace regime on the Korean Peninsula to replace a fragile armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

Stephen Bosworth, special representative for North Korea, just concluded a three-nation Asian tour to discuss resumption of the multilateral nuclear talks, but neither visited Pyongyang nor met with North Korean officials.

"As you know, he was not invited to go to North Korea, which we regret," Clinton said. "He was prepared to go on a moment's notice to begin discussions with the North Koreans, as I have been doing with all of our six-party partners."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hitlery; launch; missile; nkorea

1 posted on 03/11/2009 9:09:29 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/11/2009 9:09:53 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (from "Irrational Exuberance" to "Mark to Zero": from '96 to '09)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“Hwang Doo-hyong”

Heh... heh... heh...


3 posted on 03/11/2009 9:10:32 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - It is possible to be so open minded that your brains leak out.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

C’mon, Mrs. Clinton - show us some of your world famous diplomacy!


4 posted on 03/11/2009 9:12:04 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Why does anyone really give a damn if they launch a missile?

It changes nothing, aside from them having one less missile...

Now, if they conduct a credible nuke test, that would be another story.


5 posted on 03/11/2009 9:13:46 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hey, you gave them the nukes, now give them the missile to send it with!


6 posted on 03/11/2009 9:14:01 PM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Maybe she ought to throw a lamp at little Kim Jong Ill.


7 posted on 03/11/2009 9:14:29 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Lil Kim playing the Obamarrhoids like a fiddle.


8 posted on 03/11/2009 9:14:41 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Maybe they can send Jimmah Carter to give them some more nuclear secrets so they behave during 0bama’s waatch.


9 posted on 03/11/2009 9:14:43 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

LOL! There’s probably no duct tape in N. Korea!


10 posted on 03/11/2009 9:15:09 PM PDT by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Bailout for Kim?


11 posted on 03/11/2009 9:15:32 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I wonder how many times, it must be in the hundreds, that we’ve seen US diplomats ask or tell or plead with a rogue nation like this not to do something. Only to have them ignore us and go right ahead. I can’t think of a single example where we’ve prevailed. It’s almost like once they know how important it is to us they feel compelled to do it, just to mess with us.

My dad’s theory on this sort of thing was to say nothing unless he intended to do what he said. As I recall his understanding was that threatening and not following through was worse than just keeping quiet. I also recall though that I was never in doubt as to what his response would be if I stepped over that line!


12 posted on 03/11/2009 9:15:50 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

My first impression is for her to say to N.K. something such as “don’t launch the missile” is stupid. Since when does, has N.K. ever listened and abided by anything we say?

She handed them the opportunity to flip us the bird, and show the World who we are under the current alleged leadership.

I’m tired of us being made look as fools by our own government.


13 posted on 03/11/2009 9:15:51 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: Gordon Greene

heh...heh you said Hwang...


14 posted on 03/11/2009 9:16:24 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I hate to say this, but I am going to LMAO if they launch one.


15 posted on 03/11/2009 9:19:13 PM PDT by lookout88 (.combat officer's dad, Socialism is slavery)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

BTTT


16 posted on 03/11/2009 9:19:54 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Maybe she should give him a button. What’s Korean for ‘reset’?


17 posted on 03/11/2009 9:23:09 PM PDT by tanuki (The only color of a leader that should matter is the color of his spine.)
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To: KoRn
1)Let them launch the thing, so we can all watch it fizzle and crash. The shame will make Kim dung 3 or who ever is in charge now go into hiding for another 50 years.

2)Or, shoot it down and double dare him to start a war. Point a few real nukes at him while issuing that threat. 3) drop food in N korea near the S korean border, with messages that there is more free food on the other side. Then sit back and watch as N korea's entire army blows themselves up trying to cross the DMZ to get free food.

18 posted on 03/11/2009 9:23:16 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Nathan Zachary

LOL! All three options sound good.


19 posted on 03/11/2009 9:24:51 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hillary Clinton Wednesday urged North Korea not to launch a ballistic missile, OR SHE WILL STAMP HER LITTLE CLOVEN HOOVES.


20 posted on 03/11/2009 9:25:35 PM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Appears to me it’s time for The One to get involved so he can grovel and offer an apology.


21 posted on 03/11/2009 9:28:08 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: pissant

“Lil Kim playing the Obamarrhoids like a fiddle.”

Ha Ha! Clinton will show up at the talks armed with billions in aid.


22 posted on 03/11/2009 9:35:44 PM PDT by vlad335
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I can see it now, Seattle goes up in flames and obamination says “I inherited the problem!!!!”


23 posted on 03/11/2009 9:42:31 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Begging them is not going to work.


24 posted on 03/11/2009 9:52:19 PM PDT by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: KoRn
How about if there is a nuclear warhead on the missile, and it is aimed at the middle of the US, set to detonate at an altitude of 60 miles?
25 posted on 03/11/2009 10:01:33 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: tanuki

“Maybe she should give him a button. What’s Korean for ‘reset’?”

She would probably mess that up and provide one that said, ‘Launch Missile’. That’s what it looked like in the first place.

BTW. Anyone else appalled by the head diplomat of the United States producing a childish toy as a photo-op at serious foreign discussions? I am sure that Hilliary thought this was all so clever but I wonder what the Russians got from it?


26 posted on 03/11/2009 10:02:11 PM PDT by vlad335
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Thank you for the ping.


27 posted on 03/11/2009 10:32:04 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2181392/posts?page=1 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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To: vlad335

“BTW. Anyone else appalled by the head diplomat of the United States producing a childish toy as a photo-op at serious foreign discussions? I am sure that Hilliary thought this was all so clever but I wonder what the Russians got from it?”

Precisely what the Russians wanted to get from it, IMO. Irrefutable proof that they were once again dealing with immature, oversold, lily-livered maniacs that they could wrap around their fingers. Just like virtually every other Democratic administration they have had the good fortune to deal with. God help us-the price will be just as high as in the past.


28 posted on 03/11/2009 10:40:32 PM PDT by tanuki (The only color of a leader that should matter is the color of his spine.)
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Clinton urged North Korea

Sure that'll work - this time.

29 posted on 03/11/2009 10:52:45 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: lookout88

Only if they tie her to the missile body.


30 posted on 03/11/2009 11:38:05 PM PDT by pankot
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I don’t think Hillary has a clue how poker is played in politics.


31 posted on 03/11/2009 11:40:22 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is incompetence at the lowest level.


32 posted on 03/11/2009 11:44:40 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“Don’t you dare build that missile launch pad”

“Stop erecting that missile on that launch pad or you are in biiiiiig trouble, buddy”

“Take that missile down RIGHT NOW!!!, WE MEAN IT”

“OK, OK, OK, here’s five billion in aid to take your finger off that launch button”

“HOW DARE YOU TAKE OUR MONEY AND THEN LAUNCH THAT MISSILE”, YOU PROMISED!!!”

“Alright, we’ll forgive you THIS ONE TIME for that missile thing if you promise to stop building those other bases”

“Don’t you dare erect missiles on those new bases”


33 posted on 03/12/2009 4:22:01 AM PDT by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: RetSignman
And Foggy Bottom folks have a guaranteed life-time job program of handling N. Koreans.
34 posted on 03/12/2009 4:31:42 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (from "Irrational Exuberance" to "Mark to Zero": from '96 to '09)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Is she going to give them a “reset” button too?


35 posted on 03/12/2009 4:47:44 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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