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Holding the Line on Censure of North

Posted November. 13, 2006 07:00,   


After the UN Security Council called for its member nations to report on newly launched measures or plans to sanction North Korea in accordance with its resolution against North Korea’s nuclear test, the government reportedly did not include any new specific measures in its report.

In addition, the government agreed not to fully join the PSI at a tripartite meeting of Cheong Wa Dae, the administration and the ruling party, represented by Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook, Uri Party leader Kim Geun-tae and chief presidential security advisor Song Min-soon. It has been pointed out that the government has changed none of its policies, even though North Korea conducted a nuclear test.

Empty Talks-

A government official stated, “We are already supporting the UN Security Council’s resolution’s requirement to take measures to inhibit North Korea from selling or transferring any WMD and weapon- related items and materials. We are doing all we can do and there is anything new to do to that end.”

The UN Security Council’s sanction committee has invoked the list of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as missile related items that are prohibited from export to North Korea. In regard to this, the government mentioned that it has already joined the sanctions regime and is taking necessary measures to sanction North Korea.

As for the luxuries that Security Council banned from selling and transferring to North Korea, it is reported that government will only add a clause of its plan to list special items in the future.

The government concluded that the current ongoing measures, including inspecting North Korean ships under the inter-Korean maritime agreement, and custom inspections under the Customs Law already comply with the measures of the UN security council’s resolution on cargo inspection and additional measures will not be necessary.

In addition, the government decided not to include the two inter-Korean economic cooperation projects, the Gaesong Industrial Complex and the Mt. Geumgang resort tour business, on the report to notify to UN Security Council. They believe that there is no evidence that the revenues from the projects are used for WMD program development.

No Plans to Fully Join PSI –

The government will not support any materials for actions such as inspecting or capturing North Korean vessels within its territorial waters, the core activities of PSI participants. It will provide material support, if necessary, for exercises to block ships suspected of smuggling weapons only when they are held out of its territorial waters.

A proposal to attend partially in the PSI on the condition of allowing inspecting ships to pass through South Korean territorial waters according to the inter-Korean Maritime agreement, was strongly referred; however, the government changed its policy after taking the opposition of Uri Party into consideration. Still, it is likely that disputes will continue as there was dissent within Uri Party participants on whether to endorse the PSI publicly.

A member of the Uri Party said, “There were various opinions regarding to PSI and we have not decided anything yet. This meeting was not held to draw any specific conclusions.

When U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was visiting Korea last month, the U.S. strongly suggested the need for Korea to join the PSI. However, after the Korean government showed a lukewarm attitude toward it, it has been reported the U.S. is not expecting Korea’s participation any more.

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