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US: N. Korea must declare nuclear plans

February 18, 2008
By ANITA CHANG, Associated Press Writer 

BEIJING – A U.S. nuclear envoy said Monday that North Korea needs to make a proper declaration of its nuclear programs to revive a disarmament process that has stalled since the end of last year.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill arrives at ... 

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill arrives at Beijing airport Monday Feb. 18, 2008. Hill arrived in Beijing on Monday for talks on putting a stalled North Korean nuclear disarmament process back on track and was expected to meet with Chinese officials, but said he had no plans to meet any representatives of North Korea.
(AP Photo/Greg Baker)

North Korea was supposed to declare its nuclear programs by the end of 2007 to the five other countries involved in the talks. Pyongyang said it produced a list in November, but Washington has maintained that the information was inadequate.

“We’re a little stuck on the need for a complete and correct declaration,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill told reporters.

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U.S. commander presses China on military intentions

February 16, 2008

By Richard Halloran
The Washington Times
February 16, 2008  

HONOLULU — The commander of U.S. forces in Asia says he pressed Chinese leaders on a recent visit to explain the intentions behind their expanding military power, thus injecting a fresh element into security relations between the two countries.

Until now, U.S. political and military leaders have insisted that Chinese leaders be more “transparent” in their military activity — disclosing what weapons and equipment they have acquired, how much they have spent on their armed forces and the state of training and readiness of those forces.

But Adm. Timothy Keating said in an interview that transparency “is not enough

“We don’t want just transparency, we want to understand their intentions. There’s a big difference,” he said. “That’s a much more aggressive position for us to ask of them.”

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