Say ‘No Nukes’ to North Koreans
By Gerry J.
April 24, 2003 – According to officials the North Korean
government shouldn’t feel threatened because the United States,
China and other nations want the Korean peninsula to be nuclear-
which is suspected of having one or two nuclear weapons, has "nothing
to fear from de- nuclearization," Secretary of State Colin
L. Powell remarked at the U.S. Asia-Pacific Council Symposium.
In fact, neighbors
like South Korea and Japan, Powell noted, "stand willing
to help" North Korea in addressing its chronic food shortages
and weak economy.
secretary of state insisted that part and parcel of any solution
"has to be … de-nuclearization of the [Korean] peninsula."
Bush has opted to use multilateral diplomacy to peaceably solve
the North Korea-nuke situation, Powell pointed out. Russia, Japan,
South Korea, Australia and China have also called for North Korea
to give up any nuclear weapons it is suspected of possessing.
of them, with us, have made it absolutely clear to North Korea
that [a] nuclearized [Korean] peninsula is unacceptable,"
Chinese," he continued, have underscored that point "rather
Korean relations have become increasingly strained since last
fall, Powell noted, when U.S. officials found out the North Koreans
were working on a secret, enriched-uranium nuclear weapons project
in violation of a 1994 agreement. It is thought the North Koreans
may already possess one or two nuclear weapons.
States is also concerned about North Korean development and exportation
of long-range missile technology and related testing programs
"that threaten the region," Powell pointed out.
Koreans are reportedly upset because President Bush included them
on his "Axis of Evil" list of nations, along with Iran,
and Iraq – before Saddam Hussein was deposed. And, Powell
noted, North Korea’s state-run news media has been making warlike
statements while accusing the United States of planning an attack.
States and North Korea’s neighbors won’t be intimidated "by
bellicose statements or by threats or actions" to gain attention
or coerce concessions, Powell pointed out. He cautioned that the
North Koreans "would be very ill-advised to move in that
North Korean and Chinese officials have met in Beijing over the
past two days, seeking a diplomatic solution to the impasse. Powell
said he was "particularly impressed at China’s willingness
to play an active role in these discussions."
meetings are coming to a close now," Powell noted, adding
that participants will assess what was said "and determine
where we will go next."