The Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM) and Greenpeace called for negotiators at the Six Party talks to adopt a more comprehensive approach to peace and security that focuses on changes required by all players in the region, not just North Korea.
What's happening in North Korea is part of a larger
regionalproblem," said Lee Sanghoon, KFEM Policy Director, after
thelatest round of talks wrapped up in Beijing with little
progress. "Negotiators need to address that larger problem head on.
Andchanges will be required from all countries at the table."
The groups recommended three operating principles for the talks
whenthey resume. The first is that all nuclear weapons in the
region, notjust North Korea's, be targeted for removal. "Itwill be
difficult for the United States to make its case about NorthKorea's
weapons, until it commits not to deploy, store ortransit its own
nuclear weapons through the region," saidGreenpeace spokesperson Jo
Secondly, discussions about providing North Korea with nuclear
energyshould be stopped, because all nuclear reactors, including
light waterreactors, produce nuclear weapons usable material. "If
we wantto do everything possible to stop the spread of nuclear
weapons, wehave to stop using nuclear energy as a bargaining chip,"
Thirdly, Greenpeace and KFEM called for measures to build
trust,including reconfirming a "No First Strike" policy in the
region."Improved peace and security in the region is possible,
butbelligerence has to stop before we can make genuine progress at
the sixparty talks," Lee said.
Other contacts: Jo Dufay, Greenpeace - +82 18-696-3000; Lee Sanghoon. Korean Federation for Environmental Movement – +82 10-7770-7034
Exp. contact date: 2005-11-20 00:00:00