By Selwyn Manning
U.S. Envoy John Bolton has been sacked from taking part in multilateral talks with North Korea, scheduled for later this month in Beijing, after North Korea cited him as ‘Human Scum’.
Bolton attacked North Korea early in August saying life there was a “hellish nightmare” and called the North Korea leader, Kim Jong-il a “tyrannical dictator”.
U.S. deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage is reported tonight as having ruled Bolton out of the talks that are intended to ease tensions between North Korea, the United States, South Korea and Japan.
Armitage spoke at a media conference in Canberra. He said the Beijing talks are designed encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme. While Bolton’s views may be supported by many in the Bush Administration, Armitage said he would not be scheduled to take part in the meetings. North Korea earlier today branded Bolton “as human scum” and declared that Pyongyang would not deal with him.
It stated on its official information site KCNA that “it is important to create an atmosphere for guaranteeing mutual respect and trust between dialogue partners before the start of the talks to successfully promote the Beijing talks…”
“It is the greatest shame of the U.S. that Bolton who is like the fascist bereft of elementary moral sense and courtesy as a diplomat and possessed of the disposition of tyrant taking every opportunity to bite at the counterpart is employed as the U.S. Undersecretary of State.
“If such a fascist who makes it his business to make a malignant personal attack even on other's top leader, without reason and captive to habitual negation, represents the U.S. policy, not only this policy but also the administration itself will meet a wretched end.”
North Korea also today turned the heat on Japan.
DRNK Spokesperson Rodong Sinmun said: “Japan hopes to see the nuclear stand-off between the DPRK and the U.S. leading to a war. It seeks to hurl the ‘Self-Defense Forces’ into the Korean peninsula to join the U.S. troops in case a new war breaks out there. That's why it requested the U.S. to maintain its military option toward the DPRK at a time when the six-party talks are at hand.
“Japan would be well advised to drop its wild ambition for reinvasion,” the statement read.
Washington has accused North Korea of advancing a nuclear weapons programme against formerly signed non-proliferation treaties.
Six countries are
scheduled to take part in the Beijing meeting. They are
North Korea, USA, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan.