Tuesday, March 15, 2005

No Apologys To North Korea The Outpost Of Tyranny

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has ruled out giving North Korea fresh incentives to return to six-party nuclear disarmament talks, the Washington Times reported Saturday. The U.S. recently backed down from its “no compensation” policy vis-a-vis Iran by offering the country incentives like dropping opposition to Iran’s entry into the World Trade Organization if it abandons its nuclear program. But Rice said the situation was "a little bit different" with North Korea, which does not always keep its part of the bargain, continuing its nuclear program even after the 1994 Geneva Accords. “North Korea is a little bit different [from Iran] -- a lot different -- because we have some experience from 1994 with what happens when you get the incentives too far out ahead of the actions by the North Koreans,” Rice said. Rice also rejected a North Korean demand for an apology for labeling the nation an “outpost of tyranny.” Asked by the paper if she was ready to apologize, she said, “Well, I don't think there's any doubt that I spoke the truth. And I don't know that one apologizes for speaking of the truth, you know. It's sad with the North Korean people. You read these stories, you know, of people eating bark and the starvation there, and sure, the United States has tried to do its part. "But again, yes, we need to solve the near-term problem of the North Korean nuclear program, but we can't do it at the expense of being afraid to speak out about what is actually going on in North Korea.”
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice