North Korea Back at the Brink?: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress

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General Books, 2011 - 62 pages
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Original publisher: Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2010. LC Number: KF26 .F6 2009zb OCLC Number: (OCoLC)606600558 Subject: Nuclear weapons -- Korea (North). Excerpt: ... 11 far we've had no effective response from North Korea, other than their assertion about a month ago before their nuclear test that they were going to test another nuclear device because the U.N. Security Council had failed, as they had demanded, to apologize to North Korea for its earlier actions. But so far there has not been any demonstrated willingness to engage with the international community, either through the U.N. or directly through the six-party process. HAIRMAN The C. What if this particular round of sanctions elicits even further provocative response? Ambassador B. Well, obviously we are prepared to OSWORTH respond appropriately, and I'm really not at this time able to go much beyond that. As I said in my prepared remarks, the United States will do what is necessary to defend U.S. national security and the security of our allies in the region. The C. Have the Chinese - I know from my conversa-HAIRMAN tions when I was there that they've been in touch, but has there been any visit or any kind of high-level personal diplomacy in this effort at this time? OSWORTH Ambassador B. The Chinese have been engaged in var-ious kinds of diplomacy over the last several months with the North Koreans. I'm not at this point prepared to comment on what they might have done recently or might be doing in the future, only to say that I think we and the Chinese agree that we each have respectively a very important role to play in trying to defuse the situation through diplomatic interaction. The C. Would you concur that the Chinese response HAIRMAN with respect to this particular test was both quicker and more in-tense and palpable than it has been in the past? OSWORTH Ambassador B. Yes. HAIRMAN The C. Would you further characterize the Chinese con-cern in any way that might help us understand the options a...

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