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05BANGKOK5627 THAI MFA OFFICIAL GIVES READOUT ON FOREIGN MINISTER’S TRAVEL TO PYONGYANG

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“39587”,”9/1/2005 8:19″,”05BANGKOK5627″,

“Embassy Bangkok”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,””,

“This record is a partial extract of the original cable.

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

“,”C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 BANGKOK 005627

 

SIPDIS

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/01/2015

TAGS: PREL, TH

SUBJECT: THAI MFA OFFICIAL GIVES READOUT ON FOREIGN

MINISTER\’S TRAVEL TO PYONGYANG

 

Classified By: POLITICAL COUNSELOR SUSAN M. SUTTON. REASON: 1.4 (D)

 

1. (C) Summary: North Korean officials told Thai Foreign

Minister Kantathi in Pyongyang earlier this week that

six-party talks could resume by mid-September if U.S.-ROK

military exercises are concluded by the 10th. DPRK officials

also reiterated their determination to maintain a civilian

nuclear program, highlighted the recent appointment of the

U.S. special envoy on human rights in North Korea as

\”hostile\” and dismissed ROK offers of electricity in return

for disarmament Thai officials explained that they are not

interested in joining the six party talks but in playing a

\”complimentary\” role and as such, pressed for a phone call

between Kantathi and the Secretary, in order to provide a

more extensive readout of the meetings. End Summary.

 

THAI NOT INTERESTED IN \”SEVEN-PARTY\” TALKS BUT SEEK SIDE ROLE

============================================= =================

 

2. (SBU) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX of the MFA

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX briefed Dep Polcouns 1

September on Foreign Minister Kantathi\’s three day visit to

Pyongyang earlier in the week. XXXXX, who was present on

the trip, began by explaining that the RTG is not interested

in joining the current talks as a seventh party, but is

willing to play a \”neutral\” and \”complimentary\” role in the

pursuit of a stable Korean peninsula. Thai officials assess

that a lack of \”trust and confidence\” between the major

parties remains the major stumbling block to progress in the

talks. Thailand, as a friend of North Korea and the U.S.,

may be able to bridge this gap.

 

3. (SBU) With this perspective in mind, Kantathi traveled to

Pyongyang 28 August, meeting with DPRK Foreign Minister Paek

Nam Sun and President Kim Yong Nam. The Thai delegation was

treated to a tour of the DMZ and Kim Il-Sung\’s tomb but did

not meet with Kim Jong-Il. Both prior to and immediately

after his travel, Kantathi spoke to his counterparts in

Beijing and Seoul, to explain the Thai role and give a

readout of his meetings. (Note, when pressed for the Chinese

reaction to his readout XXXXXX relayed a series of Chinese

platitudes on \”trust and harmony.\”)

 

DPRK OFFICIALS: NO TALKS DUE TO EXERCISE AND \”HOSTILE\” U.S.

============================================= ===============

 

4. (C) According to XXXXX, DPRK officials told their Thai

guests that Pyongyang was not interested in returning to the

six-party talks later this month, given the U.S. policy of

hostility and the ongoing U.S.-ROK military exercise. They

specifically highlighted the recent appointment of the U.S.

special envoy on human rights in North Korea as further

evidence of U.S. hostility. DPRK officials told the Thai

that if the current joint military exercise is completed by

10 September, however, Pyongyang could be interested in

restarting the talks, according to Surapon.

 

5. (C) That said, North Korea could not accept the recent

ROK offer of two million kilowatts of electricity in return

for joining the NPT, dismantling all nuclear programs, and

allowing IAEA inspections to resume. DPRK leaders explained

that North Korea must be allowed to pursue peaceful nuclear

energy programs; moreover, re-entering the NPT was the

\’right\’ of sovereign countries and could not be demanded by

another country.

 

THAI PUSH FOR TELCON WITH SECRETARY

===================================

 

6. (C) XXXX wrapped up his readout by explaining that FM

Kantathi was interested in briefing Secretary Rice by

telephone on his private discussions with Kim Jong Nam during

the final dinner. Additionally, Kantathi will be fresh from

his talks in Rangoon on September 1st and may be able to

provide some insight into recent coup rumors in Burma.

 

PM THAKSIN TO VISIT PYONGYANG ?

===============================

 

7. (SBU) When questioned about recent Thai press reports

that PM Thaksin had accepted an invitation to visit

Pyongyang, XXXXXX explained that Thaksin\’s acceptance

remained contingent on a guaranteed meeting with Kim Jong Il,

and suggested that such a trip was not set in stone yet.

 

COMMENT

=======

 

8. (C) XXXX was keen to emphasize that Thailand is not

trying to play anything more than an enabling role in

bringing the parties together on the Korean peninsula nuclear

issue.

 

ARVIZU

Written by thaicables

July 7, 2011 at 5:59 am

Posted in Confidential, Korea

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