Rice: Diplomacy Key in Progress on North Korea

Secretary sees 6-nation framework as only certain end to nukes
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2008 10:44 AM CDT
New South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during their meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 25, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Diplomacy is working with North Korea, and the US has made few concessions to bring the rogue state closer to eliminating its nuclear ambitions, Condoleezza Rice writes in today’s Wall Street Journal. "We and the other four parties will expect North Korea to cooperate with us in verifying the accuracy and completeness of its declaration," the Secretary of State writes. "And if that cooperation is lacking, we will respond accordingly."

While the US will be cautious in demanding full verification of Pyongyang’s declaration this morning, has neither given “significant economic assistance" in return. And if North Korea does “cheat” it won’t just be double-crossing the US—it’ll earn the scorn of all its neighbors, too.