North Korea Hot for Nuclear Talks and Asian Games, Not Human Rights
Six-Party Talks Back On!
WaPo's Benjamin Kang Lim reports on North Korea's return to the negotiating table-- in the form of six-party talks.
Lim shows sheds light on yesterday's diplomatic shuffle in
nuclear envoy Chun Yung-woo,
favoring instead the six party framework that brings together
But while Lim caved to these demands yesterday, he made sure to employ two face-saving measures--one hard, one soft.
China Daily showcases a sympathetic portrayal of the North Korea position—big shock! In it we see it was always
This flurry of activity comes near ASEAN (a group of ten South East Nations that includes
"There are too many outstanding issues" and both parties should narrow their differences, Kim told reporters on arrival at the airport.
"I said on October 31 that we can enter the talks at any time," he
said. "I said that because we can do that from a dignified position as we
have taken defensive measures through our nuclear test to counter sanctions and
pressure against us."
This diplomatic thawing comes on the heels of the Asian Games, an-all Asian nation Olympics.
The games open this Friday in
The sporting competition is hoped to warm chilled relations between the two
From the International Herald Tribune:
Kim Jang San, the North Korean delegation chief, said the North is hoping to win medals in boxing
Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, said it would be the eighth time the
have marched together at an international sports event. Koreas
The two countries will not be competing together, however.
South Korea's 830-member delegation, most of which was to arrive on Wednesday, is hoping to win 70-75 golds, while the North is setting its sights on a much more humble goal of about 10 gold medals. The North is expected to participate in 16 events.
and the Korean martial art of taekwondo.
Perhaps this good-will diplomacy will push some good-will into the contentious six party talks.
U.N. Flags DPRK’s Human Rights Record
This diplomatic activity also comes after an embarrassing United Nations
resolution on North Korea's poor human rights record. Amnesty
On 17 November, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted its second resolution condemning
's record on human rights with a vote of 91 in favour of the resolution, 21 against and 60 abstentions. The resolution contains tougher language than the earlier resolution adopted in November 2005. It also requests the UN Secretary General (the SG designate is Ban Ki-moon, former South Korean Foreign Minister) to submit a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in North Korea . North Korea
The press release brings attention to
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