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Cablegate: Canada On Reinforcing the Npt in the Wake Of

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UNCLAS OTTAWA 000461

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

STATE FOR NP/MNA - BETH MURPHY, AND WHA/CAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP PARM KN CA NPT
SUBJECT: CANADA ON REINFORCING THE NPT IN THE WAKE OF
DPRK'S WITHDRAWAL ANNOUNCEMENT

REF: STATE 42535

(SBU) Canada shares our strong concerns (reftel) over North
Korea's announced intention to withdraw from the
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Foreign Minister Graham
issued a press release on January 10 (available at
www.dfait.gc.ca) deploring this announcement, underscoring
the importance of the NPT, and urging the DPRK to reverse its
decision. Ron Stansfield of Foreign Affairs' Nuclear and
Chemical Disarmament Agency told us that the GoC also has
tried to contact the DPRK privately to encourage them not to
follow through, but has gotten no response. Stansfield said
the GoC expected that after UN Security Council
consideration, action would move back to the IAEA, and
wondered what steps could be taken then. He said the GoC
will continue to work in multilateral fora to encourage the
DPRK to step back before its NPT withdrawal becomes
"official" on April 9.
CELLUCCI

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