Dutch FM: North Korean threat 'dangerous'
6 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — Foreign Minister Ben Bot said on Friday North Korea's threat to conduct a nuclear weapon test was a "totally wrong precedent".
6 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — Foreign Minister Ben Bot said on Friday North Korea's threat to conduct a nuclear weapon test was a "totally wrong precedent".
Bot said after the weekly Cabinet meeting that everything possible should be done to prevent North Korea carry out the test.
The Christian Democrat CDA minister urged the US and Japan to wage a tough campaign against North Korea. "The situation is dangerous," Bot said.
Bot also said China should apply pressure to the North Koreans. In the past, China has advocated quiet diplomacy, along with Russia.
The foreign minister is convinced that North Korea can be persuaded against carrying out the nuclear test if sufficient international pressure is brought to bear.
"The country cannot expect our food aid and humanitarian support if the money is wasted on these sorts of projects," he said.
The six-nation talks involving North and South Korea, China, Russia, the US and Japan have been stalled for about a year.
Tension flared in July when North Korea tested seven ballistic missiles. Its announcement earlier this week that it will conduct a nuclear test has further isolated the country.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called it a "provocative act", but North Korea believes it is vital to its defence against the US. Some observers fear the nuclear test could trigger an arms race in the region.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news