» 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.”
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North Korea will give up its nuclear programme
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Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists
Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.
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