US and N Korea reach interim deal on nuclear arms dispute
Tuesday 20 July 1993
The US delegation chief, Robert Gallucci, described the outcome of three days of talks as a 'step forward'. But he stressed that North Korea had not yet committed itself to accepting the inspections of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
A statement issued after the meeting merely said that North Korea was prepared to begin consultations with the IAEA to resolve outstanding problems over inspection of suspected nuclear facilities, and other safeguards. In return, the United States said it would consider helping North Korea switch its nuclear power programme to one less easily converted to military uses.
However, Mr Gallucci said that US assistance for North Korea to convert its nuclear power base to a light-water reactor programme was 'some distance down the road'.
After the meetings, the two sides issued statements saying they agreed that 'full and impartial application' of international safeguards was 'essential to accomplish a strong international nuclear non-proliferation regime'. The statement said officials would meet within two months 'to discuss outstanding matters related to resolving the nuclear issue . . . and to lay the basis for improving overall relations between North Korea and the United States'.
Mr Gallucci, an assistant secretary of state, said the next round of talks would not start until North Korea had entered into 'serious discussions' with both the IAEA and with South Korea about nuclear inspections. Mr Kang, a deputy foreign minister, said North Korean adherence to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) would depend on the IAEA being 'impartial'.
In a clear reference to the US, Mr Kang said much would depend on the 'reduction of the threat' to North Korea. President Bill Clinton warned North Korea this month that it would be destroyed if it developed and used a nuclear weapon. North Korea said the US faced 'fatal consequences' for any aggression.
North Korea has accused IAEA inspectors of working with the US to pry into non-nuclear military secrets. The deal was a breakthrough in a dispute that started when North Korea threatened this year that it would pull out of the NPT.
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Sir David Attenborough interview: The one question about life that still baffles him
Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
One spelling error costs Companies House up to £9 million after being sued for ruining business
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is going through a period o...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This award-winning digital publishing solution...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: NON-CONTENTIOUS (0-2 PQE) - A rare opportunity...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Financial Analyst is required to join...