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