United Era World Order Security Council Policy
The policy of the United Era World Order which both the Foreign and Homeland Security Council agrees that the policy of dealing with North Korea must not be such of infinite intensity and the Unitity Committee and the Sub-Committee's must follow suit. The Policy of the United Era World Order and the Chairman and President Timothy Wayne Thomas policy of helping the North and South Koreans see that peace with both sides must be maintained. The United Era World Order Security Council can reverse this decision when and if we determine we have to. If the South Koreans can lightened it's tone and the North Koreans can lightened it's tone in the bilateral and multilateral talks on bringing North Korea out of it's mess and help South Korea and the world to know that this situation will be maintained with Peace.
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Correspondents in Washington | April 19, 2008
THE US yesterday for the first time said it would ease its demands on North Korea in a bid to break a stalemate on ending Pyongyang's nuclear arms drive.
The top Asia hand at the US National Security Council, Dennis Wilder, said North Korea was not "off the hook" on fully declaring its atomic programs, but that proliferation issues would be "handled in a different manner".
The concession came as South Korean President Lee Myung-bak proposed the creation of the first liaison offices in the capitals of the two Koreas, which are technically in a state of war, 55 years after hostilities between the two ceased with a truce. He told The Washington Post that proposed offices in Seoul and Pyongyang would be permanent links.
"This is the first time I am publicly making this recommendation and suggestion: we need to open a permanent dialogue channel between the two Koreas," Mr Lee said.
On the weapons front, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in an apparent concession to Pyongyang, indicated the entire overdue declaration might not be made public. She hinted US sanctions against North Korea could be removed even before the hardline communist state's nuclear programs or proliferations activities were verified independently. "Verification can take some time," Dr Rice said.
North Korea has been pushing the US to remove it from the black list of state sponsors of terrorism. Dr Rice said the document incorporating North Korea's proliferation activities could be kept private, allowing Pyongyang to save face. "There will be, undoubtedly, briefings for Congress," on any arrangement, she said, warning: "This is a diplomatic matter and not everything in diplomacy is public."
Washington wants North Korea to clear up suspicions about an alleged secret uranium enrichment program and suspected proliferation to Syria. North Korea denies both charges.
For months, Washington had demanded that Pyongyang detail all of its nuclear activities, including any proliferation of nuclear know-how, in a "complete and correct" declaration North Korea had agreed to provide by December 31, last year.
Under the agreement, Pyongyang has shut down and begun disabling its key atomic plant in return for energy aid and diplomatic and security benefits that could lead to removal from the state sponsors of terrorism list.
Washington is eager to see the denuclearisation drive completed before President George W. Bush leaves office in January next year. The North tested a nuclear bomb in October 2006.
On Wednesday, the US said it was working with its diplomatic partners on a new mechanism to scrutinise any nuclear declaration by North Korea.
The announcement of the new verification measure came amid criticism of a reported prospective deal earlier this month between US and North Korean envoys, which caused great scepticism among experts. They accused Washington of back-tracking on the terms of the original accord. Dr Rice has denied the existence of such a deal.
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U.S. Congress seeks to extend N.K. Human Rights Act
혻 혻 SEOUL, April 19 (Yonhap) -- Seven U.S. Congressional representatives introduced an amendment to extend the North Korean Human Rights Act until 2012, the Voice of America (VOA) reported Saturday.
The North Korean Human Rights Act, set to expire at the end of the year, was legislated by the U.S. Congress in 2004 to support North Korean refugees and improve human rights in the country.
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2008/04/18 05:31 KST
(News Focus) U.S. adopts more resolvable approach to N.K. nuclear issues
혻혻 By Lee Dong-min
WASHINGTON, April 17 (Yonhap) -- The United States has adjusted its approach to North Korea's denuclearization, senior administration officials indicate, to one that emphasizes the verifiability of what Pyongyang says rather than what it says, and allows the separation of issues according to their resolvability.
혻혻 The shift comes as the six-party process, a venue for negotiating dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons and programs, is losing momentum from unmet commitments.
혻혻 South and North Korea and the U.S., China, Russia and Japan, members of the process, have signed on to agreements that would make the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free, but Pyongyang missed the Dec. 31 deadline to submit a declaration that was supposed to disclose in full its nuclear inventory and proliferation as part of "phase two" of the agreements.
혻혻 After U.S. and North Korean negotiators met in Singapore last week, a compromise as characterized by various sources here emerged in which accounting for North Korea's plutonium production, more readily verifiable than other suspected activities, is scrutinized closely and more publicly, while other points, the alleged efforts to enrich uranium and nuclear transfer to other countries, are stacked at the sidelines for now.
혻혻 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking to reporters Thursday, said the North's declaration is something that "we will verify rigorously." But at the same time, she admitted to the difficulty of doing so for a uranium program.
혻혻 "The uranium program is a different matter with far less knowledge, understanding about what actually happened there and what is actually there," she said.
혻혻 Given the difficulty, the more pressing task was to get to the plutonium and confirm how much of it was made by North Korea and how much of it was used to get an idea of how many weapons the communist regime has made or is capable of making immediately.
혻혻 Pyongyang has been resolute in its denial of proliferation and uranium enrichment, and to keep pushing on these two subjects risked allowing them to stonewall the more urgent and resolvable question of plutonium.
혻혻 Dennis Wilder, senior director for Asia at the National Security Council, indicated that these issues have been separated.
혻 혻 North Korea has not been let "off the hook" on the declaration, but uranium and proliferation are "side negotiations" between the U.S. and North Korea, he said.
혻혻 "That's a different matter because that involves different kinds of activities, such as proliferation, and that is being handled in a different manner.
혻혻 "How we have gotten there are two different methods of negotiating with the North Koreans," he said.
혻 혻 The U.S. made room for North Korea to save face as well. Although subject to verification, what North Korea says on uranium enrichment and proliferation would not be made fully public.
혻혻 "Not everything in diplomacy is public," said Rice. "I can't tell you that every detail of every diplomatic encounter is going to be a public matter."
But she added, "We have no desire to hide from anyone the means by which we would account for and verify."
The adjusted approach is not meant to weaken any leverage to be used should North Korea renege on its commitment to denuclearize, a point the secretary emphasized in her comments Thursday.
혻혻 "Just because we believe obligations may have been met in the second phase, if there is evidence, as we are into the third phase, that something was not true that was said in the second phase... there is always the ability and the absolute intention to react to that," she said.
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(LEAD) Pyongyang condemns Lee in apparent pressure tactic
혻혻 By Shim Sun-ah
SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's first verbal attack on South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Tuesday has been interpreted by analysts as a concerted effort to press his government to drop its tough policy toward Pyongyang.
혻혻 The North's state-run newspaper Rodong Shinmun called the new president "a traitor" and "a sycophant towards the United States."
In the article titled "What the South Korean authorities will get from the anti-North confrontation is only destruction," the North warned the South Korean government not to "act rashly" or it would face "irrevocable catastrophic consequences."
"This should be understood as a very strong warning to the Seoul government," said Paik Hak-soon, a senior fellow at Sejong Institute in the suburbs of the South Korean capital.
혻혻 Lee, the first conservative South Korean president in a decade, has taken a tougher line toward Pyongyang to differentiate himself from his two predecessors who maintained the "sunshine policy" of engaging North Korea. The liberal governments came under public criticism for making too many concessions to the communist neighbor while receiving little in return.
혻혻 Seoul has pressed Pyongyang over its nuclear programs, human rights and the return of more than 1,000 South Korean nationals kidnapped by the North since the 1950-53 Korean War, to which the North reacted angrily.
혻혻 Since last week, North Korea has escalated tension on the Korean Peninsula by expelling all South Korean government officials from the inter-Korean industrial complex in Kaesong, a North Korean border town, and firing short-range missiles.
혻 혻 The North even threatened over the weekend to sever inter-Korean ties and launch a pre-emptive strike that would reduce South Korea to "ashes," accusing South Korean officials of making "provocative remarks" toward the communist state.
혻혻 Pyongyang, however, had refrained until now from blasting Lee who took office on Feb. 25.
혻 혻 "North Korea appears to have judged that what it called Seoul's 'anti-North policy' is taking shape and there is no hope," Paik said. "It is a very strong warning that it may terminate inter-Korean relations depending on South Korea's future stand."
Kim Yong-hyun, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University, said the Rodong Shinmun article could be the North's reaction to Seoul's silence in response to harsh rhetoric from Pyongyang.
혻혻 Seoul has been refraining from reacting to the threats as part of a strategy.
혻혻 "This surely is a very, very strong message calling for a change in Seoul's attitude toward Pyongyang," Kim said.
혻 혻 The article, which was carried on the same day by the North's official foreign news outlet, the Korean Central News Agency, appears aimed at domestic and foreign readers at the same time, the expert said.
혻 혻 He noted that the article attacked Lee's "denuclearization, opening-up and 3,000" plan for linking aid to progress in denuclearizing North Korea.
혻혻 "Internally, the North appears to intend to call for more solidarity of its people against the hardships facing the nation. North Korea also wants to block the plan from developing into a policy by prompting a public debate in South Korea over it," he said.
혻혻 Lee has pledged to help the North raise its per capita gross national income to US$3,000 if it abandons its nuclear programs and opens up to the world. The pledge was criticized by some North Korea experts who said it lacks detailed measures to become a policy.
혻혻 The expert, however, said the North tried to avoid a possible protest from Seoul by expressing its opinion via an article by an unnamed commentator, rather than in the Rodong Shinmun's editorial.
혻혻 Some other analysts say the North is trying to influence the South's April 9 parliamentary elections, in which Lee's conservative Grand National Party is expected to win a majority according to recent public surveys, and Lee's April 18-19 summit with U.S. President George W. Bush.
혻혻 "The North is testing the South with the approach of the general elections and is trying to help supporters of the 'sunshine policy' in the elections," said Baek Seung-joo, a North Korea expert at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses.
혻혻 Kim Sung-bae, a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy, said Pyongyang might want the commentary to create tension between Seoul and Washington ahead of the Camp David summit.
혻혻 Government officials and analysts, however, agree that the North is unlikely to end inter-Korean cooperation which has been built up for over ten years.
혻혻 South Korea is a major donor to impoverished North Korea which has depended on outside aid to help feed its 23 million population since the mid-1990s.
혻혻 Seoul has sent 300,000-400,000 tons of rice and 400,000-500,000 tons of fertilizer in annual aid to North Korea in recent years. Pyongyang, however, has not yet requested aid this year amid worsening ties.
혻 혻 "It is the consistent stand of the DPRK (North Korea) to develop the north-south relations and achieve the independent reunification, peace and prosperity in line with the historic June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration," the commentary said, referring to the agreements reached during the 2000 and 2007 inter-Korean summits.
혻 혻 The North will make "every possible effort" to keep the inter-Korean peace intact but will "mercilessly meet the challenges of a handful of absent-minded traitors swimming against the trend of the times and sternly punish them in the name of the nation," it stressed.
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2008/04/20 02:01 KST
(ROUNDUP) Lee, Bush agree to deepen economic, security alliance
혻혻 (ATTN: COMBINES story slugged 'Bush-NK leader' in paras 11-20)
By Yoo Cheong-mo
WASHINGTON, April 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush on Saturday agreed to bolster their countries' half-century security alliance by making joint efforts for peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and gaining legislative approval for the long-delayed Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) this year.
Wrapping up two days of summit talks at the U.S. presidential retreat Camp David, Lee and Bush issued a joint press statement calling for Seoul and Washington to build a trust-based strategic alliance of the 21st century, and expand mutually beneficial relations into the military, economy, diplomacy, politics and culture sectors.
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2008/04/19 14:26 KST
Japan to raise abduction issue as progress looms in NK nuclear talks: report
혻 혻 TOKYO, April 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold working-level talks next month to discuss ways to resolve the issue of Japanese abductees as progress looms in efforts to denuclearize North Korea, the Japanese press reported Saturday.
The report by Mainich Daily News comes as a team of U.S. experts is preparing to visit the communist state next week to push forward Pyongyang's pledge to unveil its nuclear inventory under an aid-for-dismantlement deal with five other nations -- South Korea, the U.S., Japan, China and Russia.