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Cablegate: Cambodia On North Korean Nuclear Weapons Test

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DEPARTMENT FOR ISN AND EAP

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/05/2016
TAGS: PREL PARM KNNP KN CB
SUBJECT: CAMBODIA ON NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS TEST

REF: STATE 166404

Classified By: CDA Piper Campbell. Reason: 1.4 (b) (d).

1. (C) Pol/Econ officer delivered reftel demarche to Sun
Suon, Director of MFA's International Organizations
Department, on October 5, emphasizing that a North Korea
armed with nuclear weapons was unacceptable to the U.S., that
a nuclear weapons test would be "a grave miscalculation" on
Pyongyang's part and that a test would have "dire"
consequences. We asked that Cambodia use its unique
relationship with North Korea to ensure that the DPRK
understood the seriousness of international reaction and to
use its influence to convince the North Koreans not to
conduct a test.

2. (C) Sun Suon agreed that a test would be bad for North
Korea and for the region. He said Cambodia's position would
be based on the views of regional neighbors who were most
concerned, including China, South Korea and Japan, as well as
the U.S. He added that Cambodia would follow ASEAN's lead,
but he did not believe his boss (FM Hor Namhong) would want
to issue a public statement. In response to our referral to
an earlier attempt by Hor Namhong to take an active role on
the Korean Peninsula issue in 2003, Sun Suon reminded us that
Hor Namhong's efforts when Cambodia held the ASEAN Chair had
gone nowhere. As for Cambodia's special relationship with
North Korea, Sun Suon suggested that it was no longer as
unique as it once was, now that Kim Il Sung has passed from
the scene and King Sihanouk has retired from the Cambodian
throne.
CAMPBELL

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