US refusal to give Pakistan nuclear deals prevent proliferation
Mark Landler, 7/19/10 – diplomatic correspondent of The New York Times (July 19, “Tension With Pakistan on Display as Clinton Visits”, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/world/asia/20diplo.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print)
But the deep gulf of misunderstanding between Pakistan and the United States was still on vivid display on Monday, the second day of Mrs. Clinton’s visit to Islamabad, as she prodded Pakistanis to do more against Islamic militants and explained why the United States was reluctant to share nuclear technology with a country that has a history of proliferation. “It would be very helpful if we could get them,” Mrs. Clinton said of Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden during an interview with Pakistani television journalists. “I believe they’re here in Pakistan.” Mrs. Clinton offered guarded support for peace negotiations with the Haqqani network and other insurgent groups as a way to end the war in Afghanistan. But she cautioned Afghans and Pakistanis to enter such talks with open eyes. From Pakistan, she was scheduled to fly to Kabul for the international conference on Tuesday. When she was asked at a town hall meeting in Islamabad why the United States has not offered Pakistan a civilian nuclear deal like the one it has with India, she delivered a stern reminder that the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, Dr.Abdul Qadeer Khan, sold nuclear secrets to Libya and North Korea. “The problems with Mr. A. Q. Khan raised red flags with people around the world,” she said. “They cannot be overlooked or put under the carpet.”
China is pushing for resumption of the 6 party talks
Jack Kim, 7/10/10 (July 10, “North Korea shrugs off ship and calls for nuclear talks”, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66900A20100710)
Six-way nuclear talks involving North and South Korea, the United States, Japan, Russia and China have been in limbo since 2007 and a 2005 disarmament deal appeared to lose relevance when Pyongyang tested a long-range missile and a nuclear device. "The DPRK will make consistent efforts for the conclusion of a peace treaty and the denuclearization through the six-party talks conducted on equal footing," the North's Foreign Ministry spokesman said in comments carried by the KCNA news agency. DPRK is short for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "We take note of the ... statement saying that 'the Security Council encourages the settlement of outstanding issues on the Korean Peninsula by peaceful means to resume direct dialogue and negotiation through appropriate channels'," it added. A South Korea-led investigation concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank the Cheonan. Pyongyang has denied any involvement in the incident, saying it was a fabrication by the South aimed at politically damaging Pyongyang's leaders. The Security Council statement, by not identifying an attacker, was able to win consent from Pyongyang's ally China for unanimous approval. China, which had been the host of the six-way talks that began in 2003, urged regional powers to "flip the page of the Cheonan incident" and quickly resume those negotiations. "We call for an early resumption of the six-party talks and joint efforts to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
North Korea wants back in on the 6 party talks – will denuclearize
Saeromi Shin, 7/9/10 (July 09, “North Korea Will Continue Six-Party Talks, KCNA Says”, http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-07-09/north-korea-will-continue-six-party-talks-kcna-says.html)
July 10 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea will continue its efforts to achieve a peace agreement and denuclearization through the six-party forum, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency reported, citing the Foreign Ministry. The ministry commented after the United Nations Security Council adopted a statement yesterday that didn’t explicitly blame North Korea for the March 26 sinking of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors. A South Korea-led multinational team said on May 20 North Korea torpedoed the 1,200-ton Cheonan off the peninsula’s west coast near the disputed border. North Korea denies it had a role in the incident. The UN statement “clearly proves what a foolish calculation the U.S. and South Korea made when they were recklessly behaving in so great haste to do harm” to North Korea, KCNA reported, citing an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman. North Korea asked South Korea to control the scene of the incident until its inspection team reaches there, and said it will probe the truth about the incident to the last. The Security Council said it “condemns the attack which led to the sinking of the Cheonan” and that it “takes note” of North Korea’s denial of involvement in the incident. North Korea’s UN Ambassador Sin Son Ho called the statement “a great diplomatic victory.” The Security Council’s response will help ease tensions in the region, Li Baodong, China’s ambassador to the UN, said yesterday. China’s Foreign Ministry said earlier yesterday the UN statement represents an opportunity to “turn the page on the incident.” South Korea initially sought a Security Council resolution explicitly condemning North Korea for sinking the Cheonan, demanding an apology and a commitment there will be no repeat of the attack, and calling for a return to stability in the region.
Prolif Low – Start key
Russia and the US are almost finished with START
Mary Beth Sheridan, 3/19/10 – reporter with The Washington Post
(March 19, “U.S., Russian negotiators at the finish line on new START nuclear pact”, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/18/AR2010031801805_pf.html)
MOSCOW -- U.S. and Russian negotiators are "at the finish line" in negotiating a major agreement to cut the number of nuclear warheads each side has deployed against the other, with just one or two issues left to resolve, officials said Thursday. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Russian foreign minister said after talks here that they awaited word soon from negotiators in Geneva who have been working 18-hour days to wrap up the agreement. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) is a top priority of President Obama, who initially had pledged to finish it by last year. Obama spoke by phone with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last weekend to iron out remaining obstacles, giving new momentum to the talks, officials said.