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  • 1994: in return for US help building 2 power-producing nuclear reactors2000: If the US doesn’t compensate for loss of electricity due to delays in building the promised nuclear power plantsJune 2001: If the US doesn’t resume contacts aimed at normalizing relations between the two countries
  • Sept. 2004: Accused US of “hostile policies”Sept. 2005: US also pledges not to invade and to respect North Korea’s sovereignty
  • Oct 2006: Drawing unanimous condemnation from the UN Security Council
  • March 2010: Killed 46 sailors
  • South – they conducted military exercises, but they were aimed away from the North.
  • Sept. 2005: in return, NK would receive food and energy assistance from other membersDocuments – 18,000 page document detailing production records of nuclear program (from NK to US)
  • To signal that the Obama administration hasn’t abandoned the goal of NK’s denuclearization
  • This would entail an unwillingness to negotiate with North Korea at allPros: They clearly wouldn’t be reaching those goals; hopefully this would prompt them to change some of their actions if the US is unwilling to budge.
  • Almost a continuation of the current policy
  • Almost a continuation of the current policy

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  • Should the U.S. press for a return to the Six Party Talks?
    Meredith Lamberti
  • What are the Six Party Talks?
    • Members:
    • United States
    • Russia
    • Japan
    • China
    • North Korea
    • South Korea
    • Goal: to end the North Korean nuclear program through a negotiation process.
  • Timeline
    • 1994: North Korea/U.S. agreement
    • North Korea pledges to freeze and eventually dismantle nuclear weapons in return for 2 power-producing nuclear reactors
    • 1998: North Korea fires a missile over Japan, into the Pacific Ocean
    • 1999: North Korea pledges to freeze long-range missile tests
    • 2000: North Korea threatens to restart nuclear program
    • June 2001: North Korea warns it will reconsider lifting the freeze on missile testing
    • July 2001: US State Department reports that North Korea is developing long-range missiles.
    • Jan. 2002: President Bush labels North Korea, Iran, & Iraq an “Axis of Evil”
  • Timeline
    • Sept. 2002: North Korea pledges with Japan to extend the freeze on missile testing
    • Oct. 2002: North Korea tells US delegation it has a second covert nuclear program
    • Jan. 2003: North Korea says it will withdraw from Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
    • April 2003: US, China, and North Korea announce talks in Beijing
    • April 2003: North Korea announces it has nuclear weapons and may test, export, or use them depending upon US actions
    • Aug. 2003: North Korea joins the first round of Six Party Talks
    • Feb. 2004: Second round of Six Party Talks
    • May 2004: North Korea reaffirms it’s missile testing freeze in talks with Japan
  • Timeline
    • June 2004: Third round of Six Party Talks
    • Sept. 2004: North Korea threatens not to attend the fourth round of talks
    • Feb. 2005: North Korea announces it has nuclear weapons
    • May 2005: North Korea fires short-range missile into Sea of Japan
    • July – Aug. 2005: Fourth round of Six Party Talks. North Korea was in attendance
    • Sept. 2005: North Korea pledges to dismantle nuclear programs in return for pledges of energy assistance.
    • Nov. 2005: Fifth round of Six Party Talks
  • Timeline
    • July 2006: North Korea fires 7 missiles into Sea of Japan
    • Oct. 2006: North Korea declares that it conducted first nuclear test
    • Feb. 2007: Sixth round of Six Party Talks
    • July 2007: North Korea closes down a nuclear reactor after the US returns the transfer of previously frozen funds
    • July 2007: Seventh round of Six Party Talks
    • Sept. 2007: North Korea pledges to disclose all nuclear activities and disable nuclear programs by end of 2007
    • Jan 2008: North Korea fails to fulfill its promise to disclose all nuclear programs
  • Timeline
    • June 2008: North Korea destroys the cooling tower at Yongbyon nuclear facility
    • July 2008: Eighth round of Six Party Talks
    • Sept 2008: North Korea announces plans to restart nuclear programs and bans international inspectors from Yongbyon
    • Oct 2008: President Bush removes North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism
    • Oct. 2008: North Korea resumes tearing down Yongbyon and removes ban on international inspectors
    • April 2009: North Korea launches a long-range missile over Japan. The UN Security Council condemns the launch and broadens sanctions against the country
  • Timeline
    • April 2009: North Korea expels inspectors from the country and vows to never return to Six Party Talks
    • May 2009: North Korea explodes nuclear device underground
    • Jan. 2010: North Korea calls for end to hostile relations with the US and vows to strive for a nuclear-free peninsula
    • Feb. 2010: North Korea declares 4 areas near disputed sea border with South Korea to be naval firing zones
    • March 2010: Sinking of South Korean warship
    • July 2010: US announces new sanctions on North Korea in response to warship sinking
  • Timeline
    • Aug. 2010: Kim Jong-il visits China; both countries push to resume Six Party Talks
    • Sept. 2010: President Obama signs new sanctions against North Korea into law.
    • Nov. 2010: North Korea shows visiting American nuclear scientist a new, secretly-built uranium enriching facility
    • Nov. 2010: Cross-border clash between North and South Korea
    • South: North fired on border island; resulted in death of 2 marines
    • North: South began firing first
    • One of the worst clashes between the two countries since the Korean War
  • Six Party Talks
    Accomplishments
    Pitfalls
    • Sept. 2005 Agreement
    • North Korea pledges to eventually abandon quest to become nuclear power
    • Denuclearization Plan
    • Feb. 2007
    • Yongbyon plant
    • 2008: release of documents
    • North Korea has continued to fire missiles over/near Japan
    • Stop-and-go negotiations; unpredictability of North Korea
    • Multiple missile tests
    • Document left out details
    • Warship sinking
    • November clashes with South Korea
  • US Stance
    • Since North Korea walked out of 2009 talks, President Obama has pursued negotiations with the other parties
    • Doubts that multi-lateral talks will produce results; bilateral talks between the US and North Korea may produce the best/quickest results
    • Dec. 1: “We are not interested in talks, and talks are no substitute for having North Korea fulfills its international obligations, meet its commitments and cease provocations…As North Korea demonstrates a willingness to do that, then we will act accordingly” (State Department spokesman Philip Crowley)
    • Until North Korea shows a responsible attitude toward recent provocation, the stalled talks will not be resumed
  • Option One
    The U.S. should push to NOT return to Six Party Talks
    Pros:
    • North Korea needs to be held responsible for its actions
    • Country has a past of aggressive action prompting negotiations; this isn’t a trend we should continue
    • North Korea’s end goals in the talks are a pledge of nonaggression from the US and aid from other parties
    Cons:
    • Doesn’t help anyone achieve their goals, not just North Korea
    • Kim Jong-il is already unpredictable; no guarantee that not negotiating with him make the country take responsibility or change their actions
    • Results in a standstill where nothing will change
  • Option Two
    The U.S. shouldn’t push for a return to the talks, but also shouldn’t rule out the option of talks in the future
    Pros:
    • Places pressure on North Korea to take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior, but offers an incentive if they do
    • Leave open the option for bi-lateral as well as multi-lateral talks
    • South Korea isn’t interested in resuming the talks; China is
    Cons:
    • Under what circumstances would the U.S. be willing to return to the talks?
    • Not pushing for a return to the Six Party Talks but holding bi-lateral talks with North Korea could undermine the other countries in the group
  • Option Three
    The U.S. should push for an immediate return to the talks
    Pros:
    • Could show that the U.S. is serious about reaching a solution
    • There is no guarantee that North Korea will change their behavior without a negotiation process
    • Multi-lateral talks will decrease North Korea’s feeling that the U.S. and South Korea are teaming up against them
    Cons:
    • Continuation of past trends where North Korea acts aggressively and the other parties make concessions
    • South Korea has no interest in returning to Six Party Talks this early
    • The success of the previous meetings of the Six Party Talks is questionable
  • My Decision – Option Two
    • Gives the United States the most options
    • North Korea can be unpredictable; gives us the option to pursue multi or bi-lateral talks depending on how the climate changes
    • Puts some pressure on North Korea to change their behavior without either seeming like we are bending to their will or refusing to negotiate