Skip to comments.North Korea Demands Nuke Reactor From U.S.
Posted on 09/19/2005 6:26:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea demanded Tuesday that the United States give it a light water nuclear reactor before it rejoins the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and ends its weapons program.
The North's Foreign Ministry made the demand a day after it agreed at six-nation talks in Beijing to give up its arms efforts, rejoin the treaty, and accept inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
"We will return to the NPT and sign the safeguards agreement with the IAEA and comply with it immediately upon the U.S. provision of LWRs, a basis of confidence-building to us," the ministry said in the statement, carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
During the talks, North Korea had demanded that it be given the light water reactor a type less easily diverted for weapons use but Washington had said it and other participating countries wouldn't meet that request.
A joint statement issued at the Beijing talks' conclusion indicated that question was being put aside for the time being: "The other parties expressed their respect and agreed to discuss at an appropriate time the subject of the provision of light-water reactor" to North Korea.
The joint statement said the North "committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs and returning at an early date" to the treaty.
"The six parties unanimously reaffirmed that the goal of the six-party talks is the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner," it said.
However, the North appeared to take a markedly different interpretation of that agreement, saying in its Tuesday statement said that its most serious differences with the U.S. was the North's "right to nuclear activity for a peaceful purpose, to be specific, the issue of the U.S. provision of light water reactors (LWR) to the former."
The envoys from China, Japan, Russia, the United States and the two Koreas agreed to return in early November to begin hashing out details of how to implement the broad principles outlined in Monday's agreement.
Besides North Korea and the United States, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea participated in the talks. Their statement was the first breakthrough since the negotiations began in August 2003.
Let's give them a few of those single-use, high output nuclear reactors. We could drop it from 40,000 feet or simply deliver it on a missle.
My thoughts exactly. I knew something was up as soon as I heard they agreed to stop fooling around with nukes.
Naw, we ain't stuck on stupid......
Don't worry about it. They can have my old one. I'mv giving it to them along with a bridge I own in Brooklyn and a giant roll of tinfoil.
Now, we just stall rong enough so Queda get grow-in-dark powda.
Wake up State Department, CIA, et al., they ain't gonna cooperate!!! HELLO!!!
IN exchange for giving up their nuclear program, they want us to give them a nuclear reactor?
What sort of crunch are they smoking? Do they think that Clintoon is still in office?
Quick! Let's ask Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter what we should do!
And then do the opposite.
I really needed a good laugh tonight.
Exactly We will send the energy their way all they have to do is catch it!
How about a 1 megaton reactor?
And immediately ::
From the IAEA:
IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has welcomed the commitment by the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea) to abandon nuclear weapons, and rejoin the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Speaking to members of the international press corps in Vienna this morning, Dr. ElBaradei said he looked forward to IAEA inspectors returning to North Korea.
He said the Agency would conduct "the necessary inspections to assure ourselves that the nuclear weapons programme in the DPRK has been abandoned and that all nuclear activity in the DPRK is subjected to safeguards and dedicated for peaceful purposes."
Dr. ElBaradei comments follow a joint statement released today by six nations at talks in Beijing on North Korea´s nuclear programme. The statement gives a commitment to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, for which negotiations began in August 2003, between China, Japan, Russia, the United States and the two Koreas.
"This is all very encouraging news," Dr. ElBaradei said. "It constitutes a balanced package in my view that addresses both the security needs of North Korea as well as the concerns of the international community about North Korea´s nuclear activities. It has been a long and complex process. The negotiation has been going on for more than two years but at the end negotiation pays," the IAEA Director General said.
When asked by reporters when IAEA inspectors would return, Dr. ElBaradei said a precise date was still to be fixed. However, the commitment was for North Korea to go back to inspections and the NPT at an early date.
"I certainly will be consulting with the DPRK, with the concerned parties and clearly the earlier we go back, the better. This is going to be a complex inspection process. We need again to reconstruct activities that have taken place since 2002, in fact even before 2002 because since 1993 we haven´t been able to perform comprehensive verification inspection in North Korea."
Dr. ElBaradei´s comments came before the opening of the Agency´s Board of Governors meeting this week. The Director General also briefed reporters on the Agency´s inspections in Iran, re-issuing his call for greater transparency. See Story Resources for a transcript of his remarks. Also see his statement to the Board.
Now what will the IAEA have to say???
Here ya go...carefull...it's a wee bit touchy!
Shall we "send" another one?
North Korean Government = The Klingons of Earth
And right on cue, he'll show up all over the media saying that if he were President Bush he'd give them another reactor, because after all, when he did it the first time it stopped the North Korean nuke program dead in it's tracks. It wasn't until Bush killed that deal by naming them as part of the "Axis of Evil" that they rightfully figured the US would attack them and started making weapons again.
And yes, he'll say this with a perfectly straight face, and the media will unquestioningly accept it at face value.