Cablegate: Media Reaction: North Korea; Kirchner in Spain;
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: NORTH KOREA; KIRCHNER IN SPAIN;
US-VENEZUELA; US-BOLIVIA; IMF AND ARGENTINA 06/23/06; BUENOS AIRES
1. SUMMARY STATEMENT
Today's key international stories include North Korea warning
Washington about a possible military confrontation between the two
countries; the alleged US campaign to avoid Venezuela's entry into
the UN Security Council; the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee's
resumption of a debate about the hemisphere's 'energy security;' the
US Embassy in La Paz rebuffing Morales' charges that US troops
entered the country disguised as tourists and students; and former
Argentine Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo charging the US and the
IMF for the country's 2001 economic crisis.
2. OPINION PIECES AND KEY STORIES
- "Pyongyang warns Washington about a possible 'military
Daily-of-record "La Nacion" (06/23) reports "North Korea said
yesterday that chances for 'military clashes' with the US have
increased as a consequence of the US spy flights over North Korea.
Meanwhile, world tension increases over Pyongyang's alleged plan to
test a long-range missile within reach of the US.
"... For its part, the US warned North Korea that if it performs an
inter-continental missile test, it will have to face the
'consequences' of a US 'reaction.' The warning was launched by
Assistant Defense Secretary Peter Rodman at the US Congress. Rodman,
who is in charge of international security, did not go into details
of the extent of the threat."
- "US offensive against Venezuela"
Daily-of-record "La Nacion" (06/23) reports "Latin America became
the scenario of a ferocious and increasing US diplomatic campaign to
avoid Venezuela's temporary entry into the UN Security Council. The
White House fears President Hugo Chavez could use this chair to
hinder US policies against Iran.
"This new confrontation between Caracas and Washington reached a
peak of tension yesterday after a US diplomatic note was made public
according to which if Chavez obtains this non-permanent chair, he
will turn the UN Security Council into his own 'ideological
"To avoid this, the White House launched an intense campaign to
pressure the countries of the region to vote for Guatemala (a
Washington ally), which also applied for the UN Security Council
- "The US discusses how to lessen Chavez's influence"
Business-financial "El Cronista" reports (06/23) "Yesterday, the US
Senate's Foreign Relations Committee resumed the debate about the
hemisphere's 'energy security' in a hearing in which former
Argentine Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo and former head of PdVSA
Luis Giusti participated.
"The head of the Committee, Republican Senator Richard Lugar, had
ordered the GAO (Government Accountability Office) to analyze the
impact of a cut in the Venezuelan oil supply...
"Lugar recalled yesterday that, according to the GAO's preliminary
report, a six-month interruption in the Venezuelan oil supply to the
US could cost the US economy some 23 billion dollars in its GDP.
This is why, Lugar and Senators Ken Salazar and Larry Craig... are
promoting a project to redefine the US energy diplomacy in Latin
America and counteract Chavez's increasing regional influence."
- "The US rebuffs Evo and denies troop arrival"
Business-financial "Ambito Financiero" reports (06/23) "The US
Embassy in La Paz assured yesterday that (Bolivian President) Evo
Morales' charges that US military had entered Bolivia disguised as
tourists and students are false.
"According to a spokesperson of the US Embassy in La Paz 'these are
groundless charges.' The spokesperson pointed out that the embassy
would not make any further comments on it."
- "Kirchner criticizes the US and defends Chavez and Morales"
On special assignment in Madrid for daily-of-record "La Nacion,"
writes (06/23) "With a quiet tone, President Nestor Kirchner marked
a turning point in the country's strategy of integration into the
world. Kirchner said that 'the US-Argentine bilateral relationship
is cold,' charged Washington with not having granted enough support
at the toughest moments of the Argentine crisis, and said he intends
to look to Europe, with Spain as his point of entry.
"He strongly defended the administrations of Evo Morales and Hugo
"And he added that the US wants to turn Chavez into a 'little
monster' although Venezuela's imports from the US amount to 25
billion dollars per year and Venezuela is the US' 'big oil
- "Cavallo blames the US and the IMF for the 2001 crisis"
Hugo Alconada Mon, Washington-based correspondent for
daily-of-record "La Nacion," writes (06/23) "Four years and a half
after his hurried departure from the Argentine Economy Ministry,
Domingo Cavallo charged the IMF and the US for the Argentine crisis,
said that the Argentine Government should allow the free flotation
of the Argentine peso, and advised the elimination of price and
public rates controls.
"Cavallo was invited by Republican Senator Richard Lugar to the US
Senate Foreign Relations Committee in order to lecture on the
'judicial security in Latin America.' He added 'The US and the IMF
could have helped, but they preferred to let Argentina go to hell.'"
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