NORTH KOREA WILL NOT GIVE UP MISSILES
NORTH KOREA WILL NOT GIVE UP ITS MISSILES BECAUSE SOUTH KOREA HAS MISSILES
Zeno Park Agence France Presse November 21, 1999 HEADLINE: US in delicate situation over missile development by both Koreas // acs-ln-12-28-99
North Korea Saturday denounced the South for developing new missiles, calling it "an unpardonable provocation against us and a grave threat to peace and security on the Korean peninsula."
"If the South Korean warhawks persist in developing long-range ballistic missiles ... we will take a strong countermeasure," the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said in a statement.
NORTH KOREA WILL NOT COOPERATE ON MISSILES UNTIL IT HAS A PEACE AGREEMENT WITH THE USA
SELIG S. HARRISON, senior fellow of the Century Foundation, director of a study on U.S. policy in Korea, November 5, 1999, Los Angeles Times HEADLINE: commentary; how to end the missile threat from north korea; foreign policy: the u.s. would have to change its security role, end economic sanctions and formally end the war. // acs-ln-12-28-99
The North Korean proposal states that "the discontinuation of our missile development is a matter which can be discussed after a peace agreement is signed between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the United States, and the U.S. military threat completely removed."
The key phrases in this little-noticed offer were "peace agreement," not "peace treaty," and the U.S. military "threat," not the U.S. military "presence"--both critical distinctions. Pyongyang wants to defer a formal treaty to circumvent a long-standing stalemate over who should sign it. The signatories to the 1953 armistice were North Korea, China and a U.S. general acting on behalf of the U.N. Command. The United States wants a treaty limited to North Korea and South Korea, but Pyongyang points out that the South never signed the armistice, since then-President Syngman Rhee wanted to continue fighting.