How China and the U.S. Plan to Lure North Korea into Compliance
More details are emerging about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s recent visit to Beijing, the result of which was a Chinese agreement to help pressure North Korea. According to the Associated Press:
The concepts remain preliminary and closely held among a small circle of negotiators, although officials told The Associated Press that one aspect involves setting out a more distinct timetable for Pyongyang to see concrete benefits for completing each phase of the denuclearization process.
This could include guarantees of simultaneous action on the part of the United States and its partners such as economic and trade assistance, development aid and diplomatic recognition in return for specific North Korean steps, they said.
Rice, who wrapped up her three-nation tour of East Asia to shore up support among China, Japan, and South Korea, ordered Christopher Hill to remain in Beijing to further flesh out the details of the plan. Rice is hoping to build up some momentum and force North Korea to complete the denuclearization process, stuck in the second phase since the end of 2007. Says the AP:
Rice repeatedly refused to discuss details of what was under consideration, but said all six parties to the negotiations — the United States, China, Japan, Russia, and North and South Korea — were looking at how to better “synchronize” the process.
“It’s a question of everybody moving pretty much at the same time, that would be best,” she said. “We need to establish confidence in this phase that there is the prospect for real denuclearization in the next phase.”