- Title: SOUTH KOREA: U.S. envoy seeks UN action to pressure North Korea
- Date: 3rd March 2011
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH H KOREA (MARCH 2, 2011) (REUTERS) **CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY** ROBERT EINHORN , U.S. SPECIAL ADVISOR FOR NON-PROLIFERATION AND ARMS CONTROL AND SOUTH KOREAN NUCLEAR ENVOY WI SUNG-LAC VARIOUS OF EINHORN AND WI SITTING AT THE MEETING WI SPEAKING EINHORN SPEAKING SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS U.S. DELEGATION EINHORN SPEAKING MEETING IN PROGRESS EINHORN MOVING TOWARD JOURNALISTS JOURNALIST ASKING QUESTION EINHORN BEING SURROUNDED BY JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SPECIAL ADVISOR FOR NON-PROLIFERATION AND ARMS CONTROL, ROBERT EINHORN, SAYING: "We're working hard to get a Security Council's presidential statement that makes clear that North Korea's Uranium enrichment program is a violation both of UN Security Council Resolutions and the September 2005 six-party joint statement." EINHORN SPEAKING JOURNALISTS EINHORN LEAVING
- Embargoed: 18th March 2011 08:44
- Location: Korea, Republic of
- Country: Korea, Republic of
- Topics: International Relations
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- Story Text: The United States is seeking a new United Nations Security Council action with South Korea, to add pressure on North Korea with China on board, to reign in Pyongyang's ambition to expand its nuclear program, a senior arms control envoy said on Wednesday (March 2).
North Korea's revelation last year that it is running previously undisclosed uranium enrichment program added urgency to seek ways to curb the reclusive state's atomic ambitions, for more than two years after international disarmament talks broke down.
Robert Einhorn, U.S. State Department special adviser for arms control, said the next step in trying to stop the North's nuclear arms program will not be a new binding resolution but a statement that nonetheless must have China's consent.
"We're working hard to get a Security Council's presidential statement that makes clear that North Korea's Uranium enrichment program is a violation both of UN Security Council Resolutions and the September 2005 six-party joint statement," Einhorn said to journalists after a meeting with South Korean nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac.
Einhorn arrived in Seoul on Tuesday (March 1) to have meetings with South Korean counterparts on North Korea's nuclear issues and a successor agreement for civil nuclear cooperation between the South and U.S. as the existing agreement expires in 2014.
China is the North's primary key ally, and as a permanent Security Council member state can veto any actions that are considered to pressure Pyongyang harshly beyond what is prescribed in a loosely worded deal by the six-party process hosted by China that broke down in 2008.
North Korea walked away from those talks when it rejected an intrusive inspections regime to implement the 2005 disarmament deal but has recently called for the resumption of the process.
Analysts say the North has been hit hard by U.N. sanctions imposed after its nuclear and missile tests in 2009 and it wants to return to negotiations that are a potential source of lucrative economic and energy aid.
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