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  • Powell declares North Korea a 'terrorist state'

    Barbara Slavin
    USA Today
    Oct. 25, 2004 12:00 AM

    BEIJING - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, on a mission to restart talks on North Korea's nuclear program, on Sunday branded North Korea a "terrorist state" that shows "no respect whatsoever for human rights."

    Powell arrived in China from Tokyo, where he told the news media that naval maneuvers beginning today off the Japanese coast and a new U.S. law intended to promote North Korean human rights were not meant as "hostile acts" against North Korea. Regarding talks to end the dispute over North Korea's efforts to develop nuclear weapons, Powell said, "We are not out of time."

    But in a meeting later with Japanese reporters, Powell used his harshest language to date to describe North Korea, a communist nation that may have as many as eight nuclear weapons.

    Asked about North Korea's abduction of more than a dozen Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to serve as language teachers, Powell said, "A state did this, not terrorists. . . . A terrorist state did this." Also, noting that scores of North Koreans have fled their country in recent years, Powell said the refugees were trying to get away from poverty and a government that has "no respect whatsoever for human rights."

    The Bush administration has urged North Korea to give up its nuclear program in exchange for aid from its neighbors and an eventual U.S. pledge not to attack the country. North Korea has attended three rounds of talks about its nuclear program with the United States, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea, but it is refusing to participate in a fourth round until after U.S. elections.

    The crisis began in October 2002, when the North Koreans admitted having a secret program to enrich uranium, a fuel for bombs. The United States cut off fuel oil shipments provided under a 1994 agreement that was supposed to freeze the North Korean nuclear program.

    North Korea responded by restarting a nuclear complex that yields plutonium, a bombmaking material.

    In Beijing, Powell hopes to learn from the Chinese, who provide most of North Korea's food and fuel, North Korea's bottom line in the nuclear negotiations.
    This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
    Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
    Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
    And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!
    - Fort Minor

  • #2
    Whats your point?

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    • #3
      I don't think Powell is that far off

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