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US concerned by NKorea-Myanmar links: Clinton

Seoul reaffirms massive aid offer for nuclear-free NKorea
South Korea has reaffirmed its offer of massive economic aid for impoverished North Korea if it scraps its nuclear weapons, officials said Tuesday. Chief nuclear negotiator Wi Sung-Lac and Rhee Chang-Young, vice chairman of the Financial Services Commission, briefed foreign investors on the plan last week at a video conference hosted by banking giant Goldman Sachs. It was first proposed by incoming President Lee Myung-Bak 17 months ago as part of his "Denuclearisation, Openness, 3000" policy. This pledges to raise the North's gross domestic income to 3,000 dollars in a decade if it scraps its atomic arsenal, through a proposed international aid fund of 40 billion dollars and other major assistance projects. The communist North has angrily rejected the "Vision 3,000" initiative because it is linked to denuclearisation. But the plan has attracted renewed attention since the US administration announced a "two-track" strategy on the North -- tough enforcement of sanctions and an attempt to lure Pyongyang back to the bargaining table. Wi, quoted by Yonhap news agency, said various ideas were discussed at last week's video conference to help North Korea, but only on condition it scraps its atomic weapons. He was speaking in the Thai resort of Phuket, where the ASEAN Regional Forum on security is being held this week. Kurt Campbell, assistant US secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs, said during a visit to Seoul which ended Monday that the United States and its negotiating partners are preparing a "comprehensive package" of incentives. "If North Korea is prepared to take serious and irreversible steps (towards denuclearisation) the US, South Korea, Japan, China and others will be able to put together a comprehensive package that would be attractive to North Korea," he told reporters. "But in this respect, North Korea really has to take some of the first steps." Six-nation nuclear disarmament talks grouping the two Koreas, China, Japan, the US and Russia began almost six years ago but got bogged down last December. After the United Nations Security Council censured its April 5 long-range rocket launch, the North announced it was quitting the talks and restarting its atomic weapons programme. It staged its second nuclear test on May 25, prompting the Council to adopt a resolution imposing tougher sanctions.
by Staff Writers
Bangkok (AFP) July 21, 2009
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Washington is taking concerns about military cooperation between nuclear-armed North Korea and Myanmar "very seriously".

Clinton said as she arrived in Thailand ahead of Asia's biggest security forum that such links between the hardline communist state and military-ruled Myanmar could destabilise the region.

Speaking after talks with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, she also expressed fresh concerns about the rights record of Myanmar's ruling junta, including allegations that the army was abusing young girls.

"We know that there are growing concerns about military cooperation between North Korea and Burma which we take very seriously," Clinton told reporters in Bangkok, calling Myanmar by its former name.

Fears about military cooperation between the two so-called pariah states escalated after a US Navy destroyer last month began tracking a suspect North Korean ship that was reportedly heading for Myanmar.

The vessel came under scrutiny under new United Nations sanctions designed to punish Pyongyang over a recent underground nuclear test and a series of rocket launches including a long-range projectile.

Separately a group of exiled Myanmar activists last month released pictures of what they said was a secret network of tunnels built by North Korean experts inside Myanmar.

Such cooperation would be "destabilising" for southeast Asia, Clinton said.

US officials with Clinton said the concerns she was describing had come from within the region and referred to the delivery of small arms.

Myanmar and North Korea, both of which are severely criticised internationally for human rights abuses, restored diplomatic relations in 2007 after a 24-year rift.

Clinton added that Washington was "deeply concerned by the reports of continuing human rights abuses within Burma and particularly by actions that are attributed to the Burmese military concerning the mistreatment and abuse of young girls."

Clinton arrived in Thailand from New Delhi ahead of Thursday's Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum on the tourist island of Phuket, which is expected to focus on North Korea and Myanmar.

US officials said a key thrust of her debut appearance at the ARF would be how to crank up the pressure on Pyongyang to return to multilateral nuclear disarmament talks.

They said Clinton would meet one-on-one with her counterparts from South Korea, China, Japan and Russia -- which along with the United States were North Korea's partners in six years of disarmament negotiations.

Pyongyang's foreign minister has declined to attend the security forum, instead sending a roving ambassador to the grouping of 27 nations.

The US State Department has been coy on whether Clinton would meet any North Korean delegates in Phuket.

The forum will also face the perennial challenge of Myanmar, which has sparked outrage by putting pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on trial over an incident in which an American man swam to her lakeside house.

Clinton is also expected to discuss the region's economy and action on swine flu, and will hold an unprecedented meeting with counterparts from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

The ARF will also tackle terrorism after suicide blasts Friday at two hotels in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, a key ASEAN state that Clinton visited in February on her first overseas tour as secretary of state.

Clinton will also sign a non-aggression pact with ASEAN in a bid to counter the influence of China.

During her visit to New Delhi and Mumbai, Clinton said she had reassured her hosts that President Barack Obama would not only maintain but deepen a "strategic partnership" launched under his predecessor George W. Bush.

Deals were struck paving the way for billions of dollars in exports of civilian nuclear reactors and military hardware to India, but differences remain between New Delhi and Washington over climate change.

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US, allies preparing package offer to NKorea: envoy
Seoul (AFP) July 20, 2009
The United States and its negotiating partners are preparing a "comprehensive package" of incentives to encourage North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons, a senior US envoy said Monday. Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs, did not elaborate on the package which is still being finalised. But he said it would require Pyongyang to take ... read more

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