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Qaddafi to Mediate for N. Korea Again

Posted September. 22, 2006 05:59,   


Muammar al- Qaddafi, Libya’s leader, said on September 20, “I have been trying to mediate for the nuclear issue of North Korea, with no clear result. But, I will try again.”

He told South Korean Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook, who is visiting the country, at his palace in Tripoli, Libya’s capital at 7:30 p.m. local time (2:30 a.m. on September 21, Korea time).

Mr. Qaddafi also said, “Libya abandoned the development of Weapons of Mass Destruction to contribute to world peace. I expected a variety of support and compensation for the abandonment from the international community, but so far we have not received much,” implying that support is needed to resolve the North’s nuclear issue.

Libya declared it would dismantle WMD including nuclear weapons in December 2003, and allowed nuclear inspections of the U.N.

Prime Minister Han requested him to support Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Korea Ban Ki-moon when he runs for Secretary General of the U.N. Qaddafi replied he would back him, saying he prefers the Korean Minister to be elected.