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Cablegate: Media Reaction - Resumption of Six-Party Talks -

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION - RESUMPTION OF SIX-PARTY TALKS -
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LEAD STORIES: Most Tuesday morning papers front-paged a
Chinese Foreign Ministry announcement that the six-party
talks on the North Korean nuclear issue will resume in
Beijing on Monday, December 18.

1. "Six-Party Talks: Priority Should Be Given to Halting
Operations at DPRK Nuclear Facilities" The liberal Asahi
editorialized (12/12): "After a 13-month interval, the
six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear issue will
resume in Beijing on December 18. The talks have been
stalemated so long because the DPRK strongly opposed US
financial sanctions. North Korea must have suffered a
great deal from them. Since the summer, the North Koreans
have heightened the crisis by launching ballistic
missiles and conducting a nuclear test.... Based on the
joint statement issued in September 2005, talks will
center on the North's denuclearization, the DPRK's
normalization of ties with the US and Japan, energy and
other assistance to North Korea from the other five
countries, and the creation of a peace treaty.... There
are many hurdles for Pyongyang to clear, including
freezing operations at its nuclear plants and accepting
IAEA inspections.... Negotiations will only become
serious when the North takes concrete measures."

2. "How Will Other Participants Urge DPRK to
Denuclearize?" An editorial in the top-circulation,
moderate Yomiuri commented (12/12): "The six-party talks
will resume in Beijing next week after a 13-month hiatus,
this being the first round since North Korea's nuclear
test. Although much depends on the stance Pyongyang
takes, the prospects for success are slight.... In
preparatory meetings for the resumption of the talks, the
US urged the North Koreans to close their nuclear test
site, halt operations at their nuclear facilities in
Yongbyon, and report all their nuclear facilities and
subject them to IAEA inspections. Pyongyang, which now
boasts of its status as a 'nuclear power,' will not
readily accept these US calls. North Korea will probably
take advantage of the weakened Bush administration, which
suffered a setback in the recent midterm elections....
The five participating nations should strengthen
solidarity to prevent the North from trying to take
advantage of possible gaps among them. It is particularly
important that China, a major supplier of oil and
foodstuffs to the North, play an effective role at the
talks."


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