February 27, 2013
China Has to Take the Lead on North Korea
Joseph DeTrani, Asia Times
A decade ago, in April 2003, China hosted trilateral talks in Beijing between the US, North Korea and China. China intervened at that time because the situation on the Korean Peninsula was tense and deteriorating quickly. The current situation is potentially explosive; it requires China's intervention.
Just before China's intervention in 2003, North Korea in January that year withdrew from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the only country to withdraw from the NPT, and the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO) suspended shipment of heavy fuel oil to North Korea and ceased further work on the construction of two light water reactors there, pursuant to commitments made
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