WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Edward J. Markey, the co-chair of the House Bipartisan Taskforce on Nonproliferation, welcomed news reports that North Korea has agreed to return to the Six Party Talks. The following is his statement:
“Today’s announcement that the Six-Party Talks will resume shortly is welcome news. President Bush’s long-standing refusal to allow our diplomats to engage with North Korea in one-on-one talks has only given easy political cover for Pyongyang to boycott negotiations.”
“According to reports, it was a three-party meeting between the United States, China, and North Korea which led to Pyongyang to agree to the resumption of negotiations. I hope that the Bush Administration is willing to demonstrate some creativity in seeking a solution to the nuclear and humanitarian crisis on the Korean peninsula, including moderating its demands for no negotiations outside of the Six-Party framework. Direct bilateral negotiations with Pyongyang will be necessary if we are going to be successful in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula."
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2006
CONTACT: Israel Klein