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Rice: UN resolution to get N.Korea back to talks

July 16, 2006

By Caren Bohan

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – A U.N. Security Council
resolution imposing weapons-related sanctions on North Korea
will help get Pyongyang back to talks on its nuclear plans,
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday.

Because of the international unity displayed by Saturday’s
resolution, “ultimately, North Korea will have no choice but to
return to the talks and pursue de-nuclearisation of the Korean
peninsula,” Rice told reporters at a G8 summit in Russia.

President George W. Bush, also attending the summit in St
Petersburg of the Group of Eight industrialized countries, was
to hold a meeting later in the day with Chinese President Hu
Jintao, with North Korea expected to be an important topic.

Rice praised China for the “responsibility” she said it
showed by supporting the resolution on North Korea and said
Bush would convey his appreciation to Hu.

“Here we have an affirmative Chinese vote — not an
abstention,” she said.

Rice said China’s vote helped underscore the commitment to
the six-party framework of talks which have been held by the
United States, North and South Korea, Russia, Japan and China.

The negotiations stalled last November because Pyongyang
objected to U.S. financial sanctions based on accusations North
Korea counterfeited U.S. currency and trafficked drugs.

Defying international warnings, North Korea launched at
least six missiles on July 5 and a seventh some 12 hours later.
A long-range Taepodong-2 fell into the Sea of Japan.

The Security Council resolution requires all U.N. members
to prevent imports from or exports to North Korea of missiles
and missile-related items as well as materials that could be
used in weapons of mass destruction.

North Korea said it “totally rejects” the resolution.

To avert a China veto, the resolution does not mention
Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which is cited in a legally
binding document.

But White House aide Dan Bartlett said the resolution that
was passed would have “very much the same effect as a Chapter 7
resolution.”

He played down comments by North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador,
Pak Gil Yon, who said he saw no need for the North to halt
missile launches.

“It probably is not surprising that they (the North
Koreans) immediately rejected, but sometimes the first response
is not the only response, the final response,” Bartlett said.


Source: reuters



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