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Gallucci: U.S. Tests N. Korea`s WIll to Dismantle Nuclear Weapons Programs

Gallucci: U.S. Tests N. Korea`s WIll to Dismantle Nuclear Weapons Programs

Posted November. 20, 2007 03:03,   


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“The U.S. government is currently ‘testing’ North Korea’s will to dismantle its nuclear weapons. In order to pass the test, North Korea will have to abandon all its nuclear weapons programs,” said Robert L. Gallucci, the former assistant secretary of state who spearheaded the 1994 Agreed Framework. “North Korea alleges it has no reason to possess nuclear weapons if the United States withdraws its hostile policies against North Korea, but there is no way of knowing North Korea’s true intentions until they are tested.”

Gallucci, the current dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, met with the press after the ‘International Conference on the 2007 South-North Korean Summit,’ hosted by the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University, and emphasized that, “The final phase of the North Korean nuclear issue will be achieved when we see the total removal of all produced plutonium--including nuclear weapons--from North Korea, and verification of this by the international community.”

He gave his opinion on a nuclear connection conspiracy between North Korea and Syria, saying “If it is true, it is a lethal threat to U.S. security,” and added, “I do not believe it is a made up story by hawks.”

Concerning removing North Korea from the U.S. terror sponsors list, which was agreed upon at the six-party talks, Gallucci said, “It is not as easy as South Korea thinks because many domestic U.S. laws are involved,” and added, “It will be difficult to remove North Korea from the list within this year.”

At the conference’s keynote address, Gallucci predicted that the implementation of the 2.13 agreement and the nuclear dismantlement process would not be smooth thanks to ambiguous agreements on nuclear reporting, verification and transparency, disposition of nuclear materiel, light water reactor support, the ROK-U.S. alliance, and nuclear proliferation.

He also remarked on this year’s inter-Korean summit, saying, “The fact that a summit was held is very important,” but added that “Peace on the Korean peninsula is a long-term issue and the process of peacemaking will be very incremental.”

He assessed that “The most important issues for the U.S. were the 9.19 Joint Declaration and the promise to implement the 2.13 agreement,” and that “With the promises of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il, American concerns about a South Korea’s ‘solo action’ have abated.”

Answering a question about the desirable attitude of the next South Korean president on the North Korean nuclear issue, he said, “I support the Sunshine Policy, but this policy should not be extended to the North Korean nuclear issue. Talks with North Korea without consideration of the U.S. or its allies could weaken South Korean negotiating power on the nuclear issue.”