Saturday, May 12, 2007

North Korea stubborn, negotiators also breached conditions

It was in the best interest of North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions but the poor country seems unable to realize it, said Ambassador Christopher Hill, head of US delegation to the six-party talks and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Although it was reached upon in an agreement that the negotiators would release $25m from a North Korean bank, which was allegedly allowing money laundering, and provide the country certain quantity of fuel oil, they did not do so. And the country also did not comply with the agreement to stop its nuclear program, Ambassador Hill said on May 10 during the John T. Ryan, Jr. Memorial Lecture at The Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.
"The country has become a threat to the region, and it is for the interest of the whole world that North Korea abandons the nuclear program...We've assured them of security, which they identified as a major issue," Mr. Hill said as he was giving his presentation on 'North Korea: Behind the Scenes of the Six-Party Talks'.
Founded in 1873, the Duquesne Club, located on Sixth Avenue , has evolved from a fraternity of prominent industrialists into the finest city club in the country.
Surrounded by elegant furnishings and works of art, Benjamin Lombard, a student of Franklin Regional High School, received the 2007 Donald E. Farr Award while Linda Vete, a teacher of North Allegheny Senior High School, received the 2007 George C. Oehmler Award.

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