Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

China Doubts North Korea Will Meet Nuke Deadline

Wu Dawei said issues remained with North Korea's bank account.
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) April 4, 2007
China's top negotiator with North Korea doubted Wednesday that Pyongyang would meet next week's deadline to shut down nuclear facilities in line with a breakthrough US-backed deal, reports said.

Wu Dawei, speaking to Japanese journalists in Beijing, said a row has yet to be resolved over transferring funds to North Korea that were unfrozen in a concession by the United States, Kyodo News and Jiji Press said.

"There is a gap of a certain size," Wu said, as quoted by Kyodo News.

Asked if North Korea would meet the deadline, Wu said: "I think that will be the outcome. It cannot be helped."

China is North Korea's main ally and the broker of the six-nation talks that led to a February 13 agreement with nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

Under the deal, North Korea promised to shut down and seal its plutonium-producing Yongbyon reactor and other plants by April 14 in exchange for energy aid.

But Pyongyang last month stormed out of talks -- which group the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States -- unless it receives some 25 million dollars of its funds frozen in a Macau bank.

Washington in 2005 blacklisted the money in Macau due to accusations of money laundering and counterfeiting. It announced the end of the sanction last month and said it was up to the Macau authorities to release the cash.

But the funds were not immediately transferred and North Korea has insisted it will not cooperate further unless it sees the money. The problem has reportedly stemmed from finding a bank to handle the cash.

Japan has also voiced pessimism on North Korea meeting the deadline.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Email This Article

Related Links
Learn about missile defense at
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at
All about missiles at
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at

Iran frees British sailors after 13-day crisis
Tehran (AFP) April 4, 2007
Iran released 15 British sailors on Wednesday as a "gift" to the people of Britain in a dramatic end to a two-week ordeal that had triggered a new diplomatic crisis between Tehran and the West.

  • Top US Defense Policy Maker For Asia Quits
  • US Military Chief Given Unprecedented Access In China
  • Indian Plans Naval Wargames With China, Japan, Russia, US
  • EU Dreams Of Common Army

  • Iran frees British sailors after 13-day crisis
  • China Doubts North Korea Will Meet Nuke Deadline
  • Boeing Logs Five Years Of On-Time ICBM Guidance Replacement Program Deliveries
  • Captive Sailors Latest Chapter In Tormented British-Iran Ties

  • India Says Air-To-Air Missile Tested And BrahMos To Be Deployed
  • System Monitors Health Of New Composite Military Missiles
  • Pakistan Test Fires Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile
  • Boeing JDAM Scores Direct Hit In Extended Range Tests

  • Japan Deploys Its Own Patriots
  • US To Pursue Missile Shield With Or Without Moscow's Nod
  • GBIs Unaffected By June Rains
  • EU Foreign Ministers Await NATO-Russia Talks On Missile Shield

  • Nondestructive Testing Keeps Bagram Aircraft Flying
  • New FAA Oceanic Air Traffic System Designed By Lockheed Martin Fully Operational
  • NASA Seeks New Research Proposals
  • Germans Urged To Give Foreign Travel A Rest To Curb Global Warming

  • Insitu Selects RTI For Unmanned Air-Vehicle Products
  • Northrop Grumman Provides 24/7 Service To Navy Unmanned Systems Customers
  • Northrop Grumman Gets 287 Million Dollar Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Systems Contract
  • Boeing Prepares First US Military ScanEagle Crews

  • 360 Lines Of Retreat Across Eden
  • Petraeus Looks To Vietnam Act 2 For Policy Direction In Iraq
  • An Iraqi Plan To Oust Militias
  • Moqtada al-Sadr's Long Game

  • Boeing Tests First SBInet Mobile Sensor Tower
  • Northrop Grumman Wins Deal For Ground-Air Task Oriented Radar
  • Textron Systems Achieves Success In US Army Tests Of FCS Technologies
  • LockMart And Gibbs Tech Develop High Speed Amphibious Military Vehicles

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement