The Korea Times reports:
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia _ South Korea said on Thursday that it wanted to give more time to North Korea before having the Stalinist country’s nuclear brinkmanship referred to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).No, it's all about appeasement, baby... appeasement. A little later:
In a meeting with reporters, South Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Soo-hyuk said, ``It is all about timing.’’
``We are not in complete agreement with the U.S. about when the issue will be referred to the UNSC,’’ Deputy Foreign Minister Lee said.If the Chinese are really on board, and that's an "if" as big as China itself, then I don't think this issue will ever see the UNSC - even Kim Jong-il, dense as he is, would be able to read the writing on the wall and agree to multilateral talks. But that's just my thinking.
After bilateral and multilateral meetings of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) here, Seoul agreed with the U.S. to take the matter to the UNSC, in the event that the North failed to agree to a proposal for multilateral dialogue involving not only the U.S., China and the North but also South Korea and Japan.
The day after China, the North’s only ally, welcomed the U.S.-proposed multilateral dialogue, Pyongyang said through its Foreign Ministry that it didn’t expect much to result from such a format, which was widely interpreted as a rejection. This is expected to leave China with little room to repeat its objections to the U.S.’ move to take the matter to the UNSC.