Speaking Out #99
July 25, 2011
On July 22, the South and North Korean chief delegates to the six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear issue met for the first time in 31 months. Some in the
At a meeting on July 12 with a delegation (including the author) of family members of the Japanese kidnapped by North Korea and their parliamentary and out-of-government supporters, Robert King, U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, said a condition for food aid to North Korea would be Pyongyang's acceptance of monitors who would measure circumference of children’s arms before and after food aid and check if they would have really eaten food.
A possible chain of additional concessions
This is a dangerous approach. The North may give some of food aid only to a small number of children for the measurement and earmark the rest for secret police.
A trigger to the resumption of talks tends to trigger additional concessions on the part of aid donors. We easily remember endless concessions by then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill who were desperate to make achievements in the final days of the Bush Administration. A major mistake was that they easily dropped financial sanctions as a bargaining card for making progress in the six-party talks. The sanctions were imposed on the Banco Delta Asia of Macao in September, 2005. Incumbent Assistant Treasury Secretary Daniel Glaser described the sanctions as "extraordinarily effective" with great spillover effects.
Food aid is hurtful and unnecessary
Glaser, who is in charge of terrorist financing, told the Japanese delegation that the problem was
Food aid to
Yoichi Shimada is Planning Committee Member, Japan Institute for National Fundamentals, and Professor at
イリアナ・ロスレーティネン（Ileana Ros-Lehtinen）下院外交委員長を囲んで（2011/07/13）。 拉致議連・家族会・救う会訪米団、東内閣府副大臣および団を支えてくれた在米大使館、政府拉致対策本部のスタッフ、救う会在米アドバイザーなど今回ワシントンでともに活動したほぼ全員の顔が見える（一部議員は日程の都合で先に帰国）。