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6 Party Talks - 4th Round

827 Chart :: ARCTICA (North Korea) 01AR33 is 111º42'05" from ANTARES 09SG50 (Eon Phase 12) & 121º28'12" from PART OF FORTUNE 00SG04 (Eon Phase 13); ANTARCTICA (South Korea) 15VI46 is 275º55'48" from ANTARES (Eon Phase 28) & 285º41'54" from PART OF FORTUNE (Eon Phase 29); SAPPORO (Japan) 11PI15 is 91º25'09" from ANTARES & 101º11'15" from PART OF FORTUNE both in Eon Phase 10; CHINA 14SG46 is 04º55'43" from ANTARES & 14º41'50" from PART OF FORTUNE both in Eon Phase 1; AMERICA (United States) 05SC18 is 325º28'07" from ANTARES (Eon Phase 35) & 335º14'13" PART OF FORTUNE (Eon Phase 36); RUSSIA 09VI05 is 269º14'52" from ANTARES (Eon Phase 27) & 279º00'58" from PART OF FORTUNE (Eon Phase 28).

AQ 243 = 6 PARTY TALKS (4) = ORO IBAH AOZPI
AQ 406 = 6 PARTY TALKS - 4TH ROUND = XYLEBORUS SERIATUS

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CRISIS TIMELINEOct 2002: US says North Korea is enriching uranium in violation of agreements Dec 2002: North Korea removes UN seals from Yongbyon nuclear reactor, expels inspectors Feb 2003: IAEA refers North Korea to UN Security Council Aug 2003: First round of six-nation talks begins in Beijing Feb 2005: Pyongyang says it has built nuclear weapons for self-defence

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is a treaty, opened for signature on July 1, 1968, restricting the possession of nuclear weapons. The vast majority of sovereign states (189) are parties to the treaty. However two out of seven nuclear powers and one possible nuclear power have not ratified the treaty. The treaty was proposed by Ireland, who as a result received the honor of becoming the first signatory. In New York City, on May 11, 1995, more than 170 countries decided to extend the treaty indefinitely and without conditions. The treaty is often summarised by its three pillars: nonproliferation, disarmament, and the right to peacefully use nuclear technology.

13 Steps :: The Conference agrees on the following practical steps for the systematic and progressive efforts to implement Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and paragraphs 3 and 4(c) of the 1995 Decision on "Principles and Objectives for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament".

6-party talks to continue, US saying nearing end :: The DPRK delegation, in its first open statement on the current talks on Tuesday afternoon, admitted differences existed between it and the United States. DPRK delegation head Kim Kye-gwan said that his delegation had hours of consultations with the US delegation over past days. "Though there are disagreements between the two, we wish to be able to minimize the differences and achieve a result in the talks," he said. Kim, also vice foreign minister of the DPRK, reiterated his country's stance that Pyongyang's abandonment of its nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons programs depends on whether the United States removes its nuclear threat against the DPRK and establishes mutual trust with Pyongyang.

ambassador :: 1. A diplomatic official of the highest rank appointed and accredited as representative in residence by one government or sovereign to another, usually for a specific length of time. 2. A diplomatic official heading his or her country's permanent mission to certain international organizations, such as the United Nations. 3. An authorized messenger or representative. 4. An unofficial representative: ambassadors of goodwill. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English ambassadour, from Old French ambassadeur, from Medieval Latin ambactia, mission, from Latin ambactus, servant, ultimately of Celtic origin. See ag- in Appendix I.

ambassador :: c.1374, from M.Fr. ambassadeur, from O.Fr. embassator, via Prov. or O.Sp. from L. ambactus "a servant, vassal," from Celt. amb(i)actos "a messenger, servant," from PIE *ambhi- "about" *ag- "drive, lead." Cf. embassy. Forms in am- and em- were used indiscriminately 17c.-18c.

ag- To drive, draw, move. Derivatives include agony, ambiguous, demagogue, essay, and squat. 1. act, active, actor, actual, actuary, actuate, agendum, agent, agile, agitate; allege, ambage, ambiguous, assay, cache, coagulum, cogent, essay, exact, exacta, examine, exigent, exiguous, fumigate, fustigate, intransigent, levigate, litigate, navigate, objurgate, prodigality, redact, retroactive, squat, transact, variegate, from Latin agere, to do, act, drive, conduct, lead, weigh. 2. –agogue, agony; anagoge, antagonize, choragus, demagogue, epact, glucagon, hypnagogic, mystagogue, pedagogue, protagonist, stratagem, synagogue, from Greek agein, to drive, lead, weigh. 3. Suffixed form *ag-to-. ambassador, embassage, embassy, from Latin ambactus, servant, from Celtic *amb(i)-ag-to-, “one who goes around” (*ambi, around; see ambhi). 4. Suffixed form *ag-ti-, whence adjective *ag-ty-o-, “weighty.” axiom; axiology, chronaxie, from Greek axios, worth, worthy, of like value, weighing as much. 5. Possibly suffixed form *ag-ro-, driving, pursuing, grabbing. pellagra, podagra, from Greek agr, a seizing. 6. O-grade suffixed form *og-mo-, furrow, track, metaphorically “incised line.” ogham, from Old Irish Ogma (from Celtic *Ogmios), name of a Celtic god and traditional inventor of the ogham alphabet. (Pokorny a- 4.) See also derivative agro-.

diplomat :: 1. One, such as an ambassador, who has been appointed to represent a government in its relations with other governments. 2. One who uses skill and tact in dealing with others. ETYMOLOGY: French diplomate, back-formation from diplomatique, diplomatic. See diplomatic.

nicotine :: "poisonous alkaloid found in tobacco leaves," 1819, from Fr. nicotine, from Mod.L. Nicotiana, formal botanical name for the tobacco plant, named for Jean Nicot (c.1530-1600), Fr. ambassador to Portugal, who sent tobacco seeds and powdered leaves back to France 1561. His name is a dim. of Nicolas.

Christopher R. Hill is an American diplomat and the current Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He was named the head of the U.S. delegation to the six party talks aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis. During his career he served extensively in Eastern Europe and the Balkans before being named ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Previously, he was the ambassador to Macedonia from 1996 to 1999 and Poland from 2000 to 2004. He speaks several East European languages and is married with three children.

N Korea's statement in full :: (10-February-2005) The following text is the full statement released on Thursday by North Korea's KCNA news agency. North Korea refers to itself as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). ++ As we have clarified more than once, we justly urged the US to renounce its hostile policy toward the DPRK whose aim was to seek the latter's "regime change" and switch its policy to that of peaceful co-existence between the two countries. We have closely followed with patience what policy the second-term Bush regime would shape after clarifying the stand that in that case it would be possible to solve the nuclear issue, too. However, the administration turned down our just request and adopted it as its policy not to co-exist with the DPRK through the president's inaugural address and the state of the union address and the speech made by the secretary of State at the Congress hearing to get its approval, etc. The remarks made by senior officials of the administration clarifying the official political stance of the US contained no word showing any willingness to co-exist with the DPRK or make a switchover in its policy toward it. On the contrary, they have declared it as their final goal to terminate the tyranny, defined the DPRK, too, as an "outpost of tyranny" and blustered that they would not rule out the use of force when necessary. And they pledged to build a world based on the US view on value through the "spread of American style liberty and democracy."

N Korea statement on boosting nuclear deterrent :: (18-June-2003) The following is the full text, carried by the state KCNA news agency, of North Korea's statement vowing to strengthen its "nuclear deterrent" in response to pressure from the United States.

Axis of evil :: The term axis of evil was used by United States President George W. Bush in his State of the Union Address on January 29, 2002 to describe "regimes that sponsor terror". The states Bush originally gave in his speech were Iraq, Iran, North Korea and then later Syria, but the definition could be interpreted broadly to include other governments. His words have been interpreted by some to mean that the "axis of evil" consists solely of those three countries. Some argue that this is a misinterpretation. However, singling out the three in such a forum as a State of the Union address, and the mention of three countries and no others as an "axis", in light of the historical analogy of the German-Italian-Japanese Axis, is likely to result in such an interpretation. Bush's exact statement : States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic. note: former Bush speechwriter David Frum's formulation of this phrase is worth reading.

Timeline :: N Korea nuclear standoff The BBC News website charts the build-up of tension since North Korea's reported disclosure of a secret nuclear weapon programme.

US-S Korean war games begin :: (03-March-2003) The exercises will focus on a mock battle and are aimed at training US forces despatched to Korea in case of emergency. A total of 5,000 American soldiers from the US and the Pacific region are expected to participate in the drills, boosting the number of troops in the region for the duration of the exercise. There are already about 37,000 US soldiers stationed in South Korea, as a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

China-Russia Relations: End of History? What's Next? (PDF) :: The new impetus for the China-Russia mil-mil relationship came when the strategic space of both China and Russia was squeezed (Taiwan for China and Ukraine for Russia). In 2004 Russia and the U.S. conducted large-scale military exercises; Russia’s “Security-2004” in February was the largest drill since 1982 and the U.S.’ “Summer Pulse 2004” between June and August involved 150,000 troops, 600 warplanes, and more than 50 warships, including seven out of a total 12 aircraft carriers. Toward the end of the year, the Washington-Tokyo-Taipei axis, formal or informal, was hardening, and the Beijing-Moscow-New Delhi connection seems to be going beyond the level of brainstorming when Putin espoused, again, the importance of interaction among Russia, India, and China.

US Report on China military power analyzed :: There are mainly three reasons explaining why the report fusses about "China threat". Firstly, beginning from the end of last year, one notable tendency of US foreign strategy is that its counter-terrorism color is fading, and its foreign policy has begun to return to what it was like before the "September 11" incident in 2001, statements on coping with potential big-power challenges have reemerged. Secondly, although the current situation in Iraq remains turbulent, the outcome is a foregone conclusion; there are signs showing relaxation in Palestine-Israel relations; "democratization" symptoms have initially emerged in Lebanon, Egypt and Syria. US strategic pressure in the Greater Middle East region has diminished accordingly, this makes it possible for it to divert part of its energy and attention to other regions, so the American anti-China forces once again regard China as a target of attack. Thirdly, since the Iraq war, although the hard strength of the United States is still peerless, its soft strength has seriously weakened, its international image has been greatly reduced. Seeing that US influence is declining while China's influence is on the rise in the East Asian region, US Right-wing forces are psychologically imbalanced, thinking that China has benefited itself by taking advantage of the opportunity offered by US busyness with the anti-terrorism war.

Red Storm Rising, a World War III novel, begins in a blazing oil field in Russia, plunging readers into a gripping story of plots, strategies, wise men, and idiots that winds the tension ever tighter. Vivid characters emerge through the chaos of battles planned and fought. Sacrifices, heroes, great strategy confounded by bad weather, lack of supplies, and incomplete information draw readers into the adventure and the suspense of reversals. No Rambos herethe heroes are ordinary young people caught by chance on the turning edge of war. Sheer grit and perserverance turn the tide in this chilling, fleshed-out war game. Readers emerge elated and breathless, with a new vision of war and its wins and losses. Clancy will win an army of fans who will be looking for more.

A war exercise is a type of military preparation that simulates combat situations and conditions. Some war exercises are planned weeks, months and even years beforehand; others are spontaneous in order to prepare for a surprise attack. War exercises are often called "war games", though this term also refers to simulation wargaming using either a playing board with physical pieces to represent units, or a computer program that simulations the action of war. Some military exercises are carried out jointly with two or more nations. A type of war exercise nuclear testing.

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