19 April, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 02/12/2005
NORTH KOREA - US
Pyongyang's actions are a plea to the US to save the Communist regime
by Pino Cazzaniga

 



Tokyo (AsiaNews) – Pyongyang's announcement that it was suspending sine die the six-nation talks over its nuclear programme is intended to force the US to give the Communist regime diplomatic recognition and sign a non-aggression pact. In fact, more than economic aid, North Korean leaders seek the survival of their regime against the only power, the US, which can topple it.

According to the North Koreans, the atmosphere of the talks has poisoned by the 'hostile policies' of the Bush Administration that are designed to isolate the Communist regime.

In its announcement of February 10, North Korea said it had "manufactured nukes for self-defence to cope with the Bush administration's undisguised policy to isolate and stifle" it.

For many, the statement came as a surprise as observers thought that in his State of the Union speech on February 2 US President Bush had left the door open for a fourth round of the six-nation talks.

The head of a US congressional delegation that had visited North Korea in December 2004 had predicted that Pyongyang would go back to the negotiating table after Lunar New Year celebrations (mid-February).

However, North Korea specialists are much less surprised about the turn of events. For them, the Communist regime's bold move is intended to give it a better bargaining position from which to negotiate.

For instance, an analyst for Japanese daily Yomiuri recently wrote that "North Korea's latest reference to its nuclear ambitions could be regarded as an attempt to extract more carrots from the five other nations."

According to an editorialist for Japanese daily Asahi, the announcement's target is the Bush Administration's current policy vis-à-vis North Korea.

In his inauguration speech in January, President Bush said that the fundamental goal of US foreign policy was ending oppression in the world, whilst new Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that North Korea an outpost of tyranny.

Feeling threatened, North Korea reluctantly agreed to take part in the six-nation talks on the insistence of China, its own ally, but its real aim was to negotiate directly with the US, the only power that could bring down its regime.

The timing of the announcement is a clue to motives. It was done when South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon was on his way to Washington where he is scheduled to meet Ms Rice on Monday, February 14. Coincidentally, a top Chinese official is scheduled to be in Pyongyang for talks with North Koreans leaders. The content of either summit can be easily inferred.

Two weeks ago, Michael Green, President Bush's personal envoy, visited Beijing and Seoul, as well as Tokyo, to inform the respective governments that North Korea had enriched uranium in addition to plutonium. In light of this, the US wanted to coordinate its actions with those of the Asian members of the six-nation conference in view of reconvening the six-nation talks.

Realising that they were going to have to decide whether to terminate their nuclear programme or not, North Korean leaders opted instead for threats and playing for time, a game they have before.

According to Yomiuri, the other five members of the six-nation conference should strongly urge North Korea to come back as soon as possible to the negotiating table and forcefully confront Pyongyang's threat. It would seem that they are moving in that direction.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
09/14/2005 NORTH KOREA
Still uncertainty at six-nation nuclear talks
07/20/2005 JAPAN – NORTH KOREA
Tokyo to demand total nuclear power ban on Pyongyang
07/19/2006 NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang orders mobilisation
09/19/2005 NORTH KOREA
North Korea will give up its nuclear programme
05/26/2009 KOREA
Pyongyang tests two short range missiles

Editor's choices
VATICAN
Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactive” and “look away”For the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in today’s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.” Today’s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, “Faith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”
ASIA
Easter: The silence of the innocent and the gag
by Bernardo CervelleraViolations of religious freedom and the West's hypocricy surrounding this issue are likely to drag the world into an unprecedented chaos. But even in silence - of death accepted for love or death inflicted by power - God is at work. An indestructible hope rises on Easter morning and a small opening of the heart is just enough for it to invade a lifetime. Happy Easter.
IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.