N. Korea Talks Back in Focus as Envoys Head for Japan
Chief negotiators for six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear arms programs are set to gather in Tokyo next week for discussions that could provide a chance to persuade Pyongyang to return to the stalled negotiations.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan has received permission for a rare visit to Tokyo and will join envoys from the other countries taking part in the multilateral talks, which are aimed at preventing a nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.
"This is a miniature version of the six-party talks and North Korea wants to send a message that it has no intention of scrapping the six-party framework," said Noriyuki Suzuki, chief analyst at the Tokyo-based Radiopress news agency, which monitors North Korean media.
The six countries in the nuclear talks -- the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia -- agreed in principle in September that the North would dismantle its nuclear programs in exchange for aid and better diplomatic ties. More
U.S. Has “Illusion of Omnipotence” - Gorbachev
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said the United States has an illusion of omnipotence — a “victory complex” - that’s more dangerous than Russia’s inferiority complex, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports.
“Both countries should overcome those feelings,” he said, “and their leaders should reflect what the people want, and what the people want is dialogue.”
Gorbachev spoke through an interpreter Wednesday to a full house at the Distinguished Speaker Series at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. He said the United States had a right to claim a leadership role in the world based on its military, cultural and economic power. More >
Iran Says Military Threats Not in U.S. Interests
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander said on April 5 the United States should accept Iran’s position as a regional power, adding that sanctions or military threats would not be in U.S. or European interests.
Yahya Rahim Safavi, commander-in-chief of the Guards, was speaking to state television during a week of naval war games in which Iranian forces have announced the successful testing of new weapons, including missiles and torpedoes.
Iran says the war games in the Gulf, which began on March 31, are a show of defensive strength, but analysts say the timing during a nuclear standoff with the West offers a reminder that Iran could threaten a vital world oil shipping route.
"The Americans should accept Iran as a great regional power and they should know that sanctions and military threats are not going to benefit them, but are going to be against their interests and against the interests of some European countries," Safavi told state television.