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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Us-Eu Summit in Vienna; North Korea Nuclear

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: US-EU SUMMIT IN VIENNA; NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR
PROGRAM, MISSILE TEST; SAO PAULO


1. "Summit Defrosts US-EU relations, But Only Between Governments"

Center-right o Estado de S. Paulo Paris correspondent Giles Lapouge
opined (6/21): "Irritation between the US and Europe seems to be
diminishing. They are now far away from the bad feelings that in
2003, at the beginning of the war in Iraq, strained the relations on
both sides of the Atlantic. Today in Vienna, the US-EU Summit is
expected to seal this pacification of transatlantic relations.... We
can only congratulate this return to wisdom. But if we look at the
people, we have to accept the fact that George W. Bush's noisy
appearance in the diplomatic scene following 2001, and especially in
2003, continues to cause damage.... What most contributed to the
degradation of the US image abroad is very well known: the war in
Iraq.... For the Europeans, peace today is threatened more by the US
than by the 'delinquent nations' Washington condemned to
ignominy.... Certainly the Vienna Summit will help the desirable
transatlantic rapprochement. But now topics such as the war in Iraq,
torture of prisoners and Guantanamo will have to be included in
meetings between Europeans and Americans, regardless of how
good-mannered and hypocritical diplomats can be."

2. "Korean Test"

Liberal, largest national circulation daily Folha de S. Paulo
editorialized (6/21): "North Korea's intentions have always been
inscrutable. It is hard to know if it really wants to test its new
Taepodong-2 missile, which can theoretically carry an atomic warhead
to Hawaii or Alaska, or if the launching preparations detected by US
spying satellites are just another one in the series of dictator Kim
Jong's nuclear bluffs. In the most benign hypothesis, Pyongyang is
staging a ballistic test to remind the world that it is also an
'atomic threat' and try to obtain advantages like the package of
incentives the great powers offered to Iran in exchange for the
suspension of its nuclear program.... It is possible however, that
Kim Jong is willing to overestimate even more his condition of
'threat.' He could effectively launch the Taepodong-2, and then the
game would become much more dangerous. If North Korea is capable of
demonstrating that it possesses long range missile technology, then
the balance of forces in the region will change. From Russia to
Australia, and including US territorial areas, everyone would be the
target of a paranoiac nation that alleges to possess nuclear
warheads."
McMullen

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