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SOUTH KOREA NORTH KOREA CHINA
Ban Ki-moon should pay special attention to human rights in North Korea
Human rights groups present the next United Nations secretary general with a joint petition on the eve of his departure for Beijing. International sanctions continue against the Communist regime.
17/07/2009 KOREA – UNITED NATIONS
Pyongyang ends six-party nuclear talks as UN imposes new sanctions
North Korea’s No 2 leader declares a ‘permanent end’ to talks, alleging a violation of ‘national sovereignty.’ He threatens further development in the country’s nuclear programme. The UN Security Council unanimously freezes assets of North Korean officials and state companies.
11/10/2006 NORTH KOREA SOUTH KOREA
Pyongyang threatens UN, sanctions mean war
Tokyo and Washington adopt unilateral measures against Pyongyang; both want use of force included in any UN sanctions. Beijing calls for calm but agrees to a tough response. Seoul dithers.
20/07/2005 JAPAN NORTH KOREA
Tokyo to demand total nuclear power ban on Pyongyang
Government sources say Japan will ask for a total freeze on North Korea's nuclear energy programme during six-nation talks.
28/11/2006 CHINA NORTH KOREA
A year later Kim Jong-il's negotiator is back in Beijing
US, Russian, South Korean and Japanese representatives are already in the Chinese capital. Tokyo rules out multilateral dialogue whilst Washington sees direct talks with Pyongyang possible.
17/07/2006 NORTH KOREA UNITED STATES RUSSIA
Pyongyang should accept UN resolution and go back to negotiating table
Bush and Putin issue joint statement calling on North Korea to accept UN Security Council resolution and go back to six-nation talks without prior conditions. South Korea also threatens to stop aid shipments.
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