China Calls for Informal Talks on N. Korea Nuclear Program

Global Security Newswire Staff
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
Sept. 5, 2013, 7:02 a.m.

China wants to hold semi­form­al six-na­tion talks this month on North Korea’s nuc­le­ar weapons pro­gram and has se­cured Py­ongy­ang’s agree­ment to par­ti­cip­ate, the Yon­hap News Agency re­por­ted on Thursday, cit­ing an an­onym­ous in­formed source.

Beijing en­vi­sions the so-called Track 1.5 dis­cus­sions be­ing at­ten­ded by the seni­or nuc­le­ar ne­go­ti­at­ors from China, Ja­pan, the two Koreas and Rus­sia. The talks have been pro­posed for Sept. 18.

Wash­ing­ton, Tokyo and Seoul re­portedly are not en­thu­si­ast­ic about the talks pro­pos­al, giv­en a lack of sig­nals from the North that it in­tends to de­nuc­lear­ize.

“It is un­cer­tain wheth­er South Korea, the U.S. and Ja­pan would send their chief nuc­le­ar en­voys to the pro­posed meet­ing in Beijing,” the dip­lo­mat­ic in­sider told Yon­hap.

The last round of form­al six-na­tion ne­go­ti­ations was held in Decem­ber 2008. The ne­go­ti­at­ing format is fo­cused on achiev­ing the gradu­al shut­down of North Korea’s nuc­le­ar weapons-re­lated work, which would be re­war­ded with timed in­fu­sions of eco­nom­ic sup­port for and in­ter­na­tion­al se­cur­ity agree­ments with the na­tion.

The two Koreas also are slated on Fri­day to re­con­nect a two-way armed forces com­mu­nic­a­tion line that has been severed since March, Yon­hap sep­ar­ately re­por­ted.

Seoul in re­cent ne­go­ti­ations with Py­ongy­ang de­man­ded that the mil­it­ary hot­line be re­con­nec­ted. Those talks fo­cused on re­sum­ing stalled joint eco­nom­ic activ­it­ies at an in­dus­tri­al zone in­side North Korea.

On Thursday, U.S. Pres­id­ent Obama and Ja­pan­ese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe held a brief meet­ing in St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia, on the side­lines of the G-20 sum­mit. The two lead­ers were ex­pec­ted to dis­cuss the North’s nuc­le­ar work among oth­er shared se­cur­ity con­cerns, ac­cord­ing to a White House re­lease.

What We're Following See More »
CHARM OFFENSIVE
Pence Is Trump’s Man on Capitol Hill
59 minutes ago
THE LATEST

"Spurred by VP pick Mike Pence, a former congressman with close ties to many lawmakers, the Trump campaign in recent weeks has stepped up its courtship of wary Capitol Hill Republicans. And the efforts appear to be bearing fruit." Central to the charm offensive: invitations to more than a dozen "Senate and House members into his family’s private box for some power-schmoozing with him and his kids" during the Republican National Convention.

Source:
PAUL RYAN: STOP IT
Trump Encourages More Spying by Russia
1 hours ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump essentially encouraged more Russian espionage against Democrats in a press conference this morning. "Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” That prompted Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan to say: “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”

Source:
ONE MORE INVESTIGATION
IRS Investigating Clinton Foundation
2 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

Investigations are never far from the Clintons, and here's another: At the behest of "dozens" of Republican lawmakers, the IRS is opening a fraud investigation into the Clinton Foundation."The move signals a shift from the IRS's announcement last year that it would not look into allegations of financial irregularities at the well-connected charity."

Source:
INFIGHTING AMONG COMMISSIONERS TO BLAME
Report Details Terrible Morale at FEC
2 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"Bickering commissioners, ineffective managers and lousy internal communication rank among the top reasons why the Federal Election Commission" has some of the worst morale in the federal government. That's the conclusion of an inspector general's report, which put "the most blame on the FEC’s six commissioners: three Democratic appointees and three Republican appointees who have regularly criticized one another and frequently (but not exclusively) deadlocked on high-profile political issues before them."

Source:
TRADE DEALS BACK IN THE NEWS
UAW President: Clinton Promised to Renegotiate NAFTA
3 hours ago
THE DETAILS

On Tuesday, Dennis Williams, the president of the United Auto Workers, said that Hillary Clinton has told him that she will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement if elected president. Trade deals, especially NAFTA, have played a prominent role in the campaign, with Clinton receiving heat both from her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders and GOP nominee Donald Trump. The Clinton campaign did not comment on Williams's comments, though that didn't stop the Trump campaign from weighing in. Hillary Clinton "will never renegotiate Bill Clinton's NAFTA," said Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser to Trump.

Source:
×