China Is Optimistic on Reaching Deal With U.S. Over North Korea

None

Global Security Newswire Staff
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
Sept. 20, 2013, 7:02 a.m.

Chinese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi on Thursday said he was op­tim­ist­ic about the chances of reach­ing a new un­der­stand­ing with the United States on re-en­ga­ging North Korea about its nuc­le­ar weapons work, the Yon­hap News Agency re­por­ted.

“I am con­fid­ent that we will be able to reach a new, im­port­ant agree­ment” on how to re­in­vig­or­ate para­lyzed mul­tina­tion­al talks on North Korea’s nuc­le­ar arms, Wang said at a Wash­ing­ton press brief­ing ahead of a meet­ing with U.S. Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry.

As the host of the six-na­tion talks, China has been a big pro­ponent of re­sum­ing the aid-for-de­nuc­lear­iz­a­tion ne­go­ti­ations that were last held in Decem­ber 2008. The dis­cus­sions in­clude Ja­pan, the two Koreas, Rus­sia and the United States.

Earli­er this week, North Korea’s seni­or nuc­le­ar ne­go­ti­at­or at a con­fer­ence in Beijing said Py­ongy­ang was pre­pared to re­turn to the nuc­le­ar talks if there were no pre­con­di­tions.

The U.S. State De­part­ment on Thursday said there had been no al­ter­a­tion in Wash­ing­ton’s long­stand­ing de­mand that North Korea first con­cretely show its com­mit­ment to de­nuc­lear­iz­a­tion be­fore ne­go­ti­ations are re­sumed.

“Our po­s­i­tion on this hasn’t changed,” de­part­ment deputy spokes­wo­man Mar­ie Harf told re­port­ers. “We’ve said that the onus is on North Korea to take mean­ing­ful ac­tions to­ward de­nuc­lear­iz­a­tion.” Her re­marks sug­ges­ted there had no quick head­way achieved dur­ing the meet­ing with Wang.

Mean­while, a new ex­pert study is re­com­mend­ing Beijing and Wash­ing­ton con­tem­plate es­tab­lish­ing a sep­ar­at­ing bound­ary that es­tab­lishes spheres of Chinese and U.S. in­terest in North Korea in the af­ter­math of a pos­sible col­lapse of the Kim Jong Un re­gime, Agence France-Presse re­por­ted on Thursday.

Should the re­gime im­plode, it is highly likely that South Korea and the United States would enter the North in or­der to se­cure the coun­try’s un­con­ven­tion­al weapons, among oth­er reas­ons. The Chinese mil­it­ary might also in­ter­vene in or­der to pre­vent a mass wave of North Korean refugees flee­ing in­to China, cre­at­ing the po­ten­tial for a show­down between al­lied U.S. and South Korean forces and Chinese troops, con­cludes the study by the re­search think-tank RAND Corp.

What We're Following See More »
A DARK CLOUD OVER TRUMP?
Snowstorm Could Impact Primary Turnout
2 days ago
THE LATEST

A snowstorm is supposed to hit New Hampshire today and “linger into Primary Tuesday.” GOP consultant Ron Kaufman said lower turnout should help candidates who have spent a lot of time in the state tending to retail politicking. Donald Trump “has acknowledged that he needs to step up his ground-game, and a heavy snowfall could depress his figures relative to more organized candidates.”

Source:
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
A Shake-Up in the Offing in the Clinton Camp?
2 days ago
THE DETAILS

Anticipating a primary loss in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Hillary and Bill Clinton “are considering staffing and strategy changes” to their campaign. Sources tell Politico that the Clintons are likely to layer over top officials with experienced talent, rather than fire their staff en masse.

Source:
THE LAST ROUND OF NEW HAMPSHIRE POLLS
Trump Is Still Ahead, but Who’s in Second?
1 days ago
THE LATEST

We may not be talking about New Hampshire primary polls for another three-and-a-half years, so here goes:

  • American Research Group’s tracking poll has Donald Trump in the lead with 30% support, followed by Marco Rubio and John Kasich tying for second place at 16%. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton 53%-41%.
  • The 7 News/UMass Lowell tracking poll has Trump way out front with 34%, followed by Rubio and Ted Cruz with 13% apiece. Among the Democrats, Sanders is in front 56%-40%.
  • A Gravis poll puts Trump ahead with 28%, followed by Kasich with 17% and Rubio with 15%.
IT’S ALL ABOUT SECOND PLACE
CNN Calls the Primary for Sanders and Trump
1 days ago
THE LATEST

Well that didn’t take long. CNN has already declared Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump the winners of the New Hampshire primary, leaving the rest of the candidates to fight for the scraps. Five minutes later, the Associated Press echoed CNN’s call.

Source:
×