A high level source said on August 1st (see footnote1) that North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan would attend the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing on the 3rd at 8pm to inform Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi of the detail of the discussion he held with the US in a New York meeting at the end of last month.
The source said Kim Kye-gwan is likely to have told the US that they seek recognition as a nuclear weapons possessing nation. He would have set out the current reality of their possessing nuclear weapons and conveyed the wish that they recognize this formally, to the US. The source said Kim Kye-gwan would also have warned the Americans that North Korea is accelerating in its progress toward successfully miniaturizing its nuclear technology. Discussions would also have gone into resolving points of agreement about the greater problem than North Korea's possession of nuclear weapons themselves, which is the country spreading technology to terrorist organizations or anti-American regimes in the Middle East.
According to the source, the issue that is likely to have been raised about North Korea securing nuclear weapons state recognition in Stephen Bosworth, the US State Department's Special Representative to North Korea, and Kim Kye-gwan's meeting on July 29th, had already been discussed between Kim Jong-il and Hu Jin-tao during Kim Jong-il's recent visit to China. The two probably had discussed the reality of North Korea's nuclear weapons possession and it acquiring recognition as a nuclear weapons state from America.
Kim Kye-gwan is likely to have told Bosworth to acknowledge North Korea as a nuclear weapons capacity nation and offered to rejoin the NPT treaty in return, and discussed what America might demand in return for this.
The source said it is likely their discussions had been exploratory, dealing with eventual specific talks about solving the problem of how the North Korean regime could sign up as a reliable partner if they were to seek implementation of the North's proposal, but that in this latest meeting were unable to find detailed common grounds for a solution.
The source said that before the US moves on North Korea's proposal it will need to consult closely with South Korea. Furthermore North Korea is obliged to report the main points of its New York meeting to China, hence the late night post-summit talks at the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
The source believes that in seeking aid, in particular for resolving the pressing matter of food support, North Korea, should it not resolve its food and economic problems before September, will play its nuclear hand by conducting a third nuclear test, this time with HEU-based weapons(see footnote2.) NKSIS is currently pursuing a number of leads pointing to this outcome.
Translation by Danny Lee
Note1. The source is predicting what Kim is likely to report to Yang on the discussions he had with the US in July, before the meeting actually took place on the 3rd in Beijing. Note2. Related Article: DPRK To Carry Out 3rd Nuclear Test Based On HEU?
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