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03OTTAWA1323
2003-05-08 21:07:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Ottawa
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NORTH KOREAN REPROCESSING: CANADA WILL RAISE

Tags:   PREL  KNNP  KN  CA 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L OTTAWA 001323 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/09/2013
TAGS: PREL KNNP KN CA
SUBJECT: NORTH KOREAN REPROCESSING: CANADA WILL RAISE
CONCERNS WITH DPRK

REF: STATE 114597

Classified By: Political Minister Counselor Brian Flora,
Reasons 1.5 (b) and (d).



1. (C) Canada shares our strong concerns about North Korean
statements on reprocessing spent fuel (reftel), and plans to
convey those concerns directly to DPRK officials at the UN
and in Beijing. Political Director Jim Wright told Political
Minister Counselor on May 7 that he will also suggest that
Foreign Minister Graham make a public statement about
Canadian concerns in connection with the G-8 Foreign
Ministers meeting in Paris later this month. The South
Korean Ambassador had met with Wright earlier that day, and
asked how the G-8 meetings in Paris and Evian would deal with
North Korea. In preparation for the G-8, Wright asked if we
could provide him readouts on the Roh and Koizumi visits to
Washington as well as reactions to our demarche in other
capitals.



2. (C) Wright said that Canada has exactly the same objective
as the U.S. for North Korea - a complete, verifiable, and
irreversible termination of the nuclear program. He worried
that the verification regime put in place in the 1990s, which
was the best we could do at the time, hadn't been sufficient.
Wright asked if we have seen any physical evidence yet that
reprocessing has started back up. He had seen intelligence
reports on activity around the Yongbyon facility, but
wondered if there was more.



3. (C) Wright also said that Canada would continue to push in
multilateral fora to bring pressure to bear on the DPRK. He
noted that the Canadian delegation to the NPT PrepCom was
encouraging other delegations to be more vocal on North
Korea. The Canadian team had been asked by the Hungarian
Chair to draft a factual summary of proceedings, which they
were doing. He noted that this was not ideal, but was
probably the best outcome possible as divergent views on
North Korea precluded a meaningful declaration.
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