» 02/13/2007, 00.00
CHINA – NORTH KOREA
“Nearly final” deal in Pyongyang nuclear talks
Diplomatic sources say the six-party talks under way in Beijing have already produced an accord that will be signed today. It provides for large oil supplies in exchange for the closure of nuclear reactors. Some of those involved have criticized the draft accord.
Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – An accord on North Korean nuclear disarmament is “nearly final”. Anonymous diplomatic sources of South Korea and the United States said negotiators of the six nations involved should put their official signature to it by this afternoon.
The sources said negotiators of China, Russia, Japan, the United States, South and North Korea reached a de facto agreement during the last session of six-party talks on nuclear disarmament under way in Beijing.
The North Korean delegation has not issued any confirmation and some of those involved have said the agreement is “very bad”. According to a draft of the agreement, Pyongyang will receive 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil in exchange for shutting down its nuclear reactors. The regime should also commit to allowing inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency to enter its territory.
Once this first phase is over, the other five nations will guarantee a further supply of 950,000 tons of oil in exchange for the complete closure of atomic structures.
John Bolton, ex-ambassador of Washington at the United Nations, said the Stalinist regime led by Kim Jong-il “should not be rewarded with massive shipments of heavy fuel oil for only partially dismantling its nuclear programme. This sends exactly the wrong signal to would-be proliferators around the world.”
22/12/2006 NORTH - SOUTH KOREA
Seoul denounces suspected nuclear activity in North Korea
An opposition MP reported frenetic activity in a tunnel near Mount Mantap, where the regime carried out its first nuclear test on 9 October. In Beijing, six-party talks on nuclear disarmament have been fruitless.
19/09/2005 NORTH KOREA
North Korea will give up its nuclear programme
After two years of talks, the communist regime has accepted to dismantle its atomic reactors in exchange for oil, energy and humanitarian aid.
14/09/2005 NORTH KOREA
Still uncertainty at six-nation nuclear talks
26/09/2005 NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang nuclear agreement: Difficult and somewhat hopeful
A minimal, good result after nearly three years of talks and tensions
11/02/2005 NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang threatens and executes
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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