No Nonaggression Pact With North Korea

CNN.com – Bush rules out N. Korea pact – Oct. 19, 2003
I suspect President Bush is trying to leave a lot of uncertainty in the relationship with the DPRK so they can’t rest on the certainty of a nonaggression pact. I don’t know. A nonaggression pact with the right conditions would allow the possibility of an attack if North Korea pursued nuclear weapons. I’m not sure what the administration is up to, but I hope it works. This is a high-stakes game.

U.S. President George W. Bush has flatly ruled out a bilateral non-aggression pact between the United States and North Korea but says he is open to being a party to a broader agreement.

But that agreement, involving China, Russia and others, would only happen if — and only if — North Korea abandoned its nuclear ambitions and agreed to a strict verification regime.

Bush addressed the issue after a meeting with Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Sunday and before a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao that will factor prominently in the strategy for resuming dialogue with North Korea.

The North has insisted on a non-aggression pact with the United States as part of any deal to abandon its nuclear program, and both China and Russia have urged the United States to make such a commitment.

Bush said he was looking for a way to move the dialogue forward with the partners in the six-party dialogue — Japan, South Korea, China and Russia.

U.S. officials said Bush hoped to reach agreement with President Hu on an approach under which, in exchange for a verifiable end to the North Korea weapons program, the United States and all of its partners in the talks would agree in writing that their shared goal was a peaceful, non-nuclear Korean peninsula and that no parties to the talks had any hostile intentions toward or plans to attack the North.

Not exactly a nonaggression pact, but similar

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