Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, March 9, 2005

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North Korean Nuclear Crisis
Hyde Schedules Hearing on Six Party Talks to Limit Proliferation


BACKGROUND:
 On February 10, 2005, the North Korean Foreign Ministry issued a statement in which Pyongyang announced that it would counter Washington’s “hostile policy” by “increasing” its “nuclear weapons arsenal” and “suspending” its participation in Six Party Talks on the Democratic People’s Party of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear weapons program.  In remarks she made during her confirmation hearing in January, Secretary of State Rice referred to North Korea as an “outpost of tyranny” and reiterated President Bush’s inaugural address call for “ending tyranny.”  The statement by North Korea, which included its least ambiguous public claim to possess nuclear weapons, concluded that there is no change in its position of resolving the nuclear issue through negotiations and that its ultimate goal is a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.  The question remains as to whether the U.S. can develop a unified diplomatic response via the framework of the Six Party Talks to resolve this crisis peacefully.  Without a unified front, these recent developments could threaten the delicate security balance in Asia and lead to an even more volatile situation.

WHAT: Full Committee Oversight Hearing: The Korean Peninsula: Six Party Talks and the Nuclear Issue
U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), Chairman
 
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 10, 2005
 
WHERE: Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
 
WITNESSES: William J. Perry, Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor, Stanford University; and James R. Lilley, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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