07MOSCOW3114, SIX PARTY TALKS: GOR URGES MEASURED PACE ON NEXT

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07MOSCOW3114 2007-06-27 07:10 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO6759
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #3114 1780710
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 270710Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1614
INFO RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 003114 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/26/2017 
TAGS: PREL PARM MNUC KNNP KN RS
SUBJECT: SIX PARTY TALKS:  GOR URGES MEASURED PACE ON NEXT 
STEPS 
 
Classified By: Political M/C Alice G. Wells.  Reasons 1,4 (B/D). 
 
1.  (U) The GOR publicly claimed credit for facilitating 
Monday's transfer of frozen DPRK funds to the North Korean 
Foreign Trade Bank's account in a Russian bank.  Calling it a 
positive step toward the resumption of the Six-Party process, 
a short MFA statement said that Russia decided to accommodate 
a U.S. government request for transfer of the money to a 
Russian commercial bank in exchange for "legally binding" 
guarantees from the U.S. that "this transaction will not 
entail negative implications either for Russia or for the 
bank." 
 
2.  (C) Moscow expects that the Six-Party Talks can now 
address practical steps aimed at the implementation of the 
February 13, 2007 understandings, but urges a measured 
approach.  Maksim Volkov of the MFA Korea Desk told us that 
the transfer had created "good conditions" for further work, 
but said the GOR would advise against a hasty resumption of 
the talks until there were "concrete" questions to be 
discussed among the participating countries.  Volkov 
emphasized that the most important task at this point was to 
realize the first obligations stipulated in the February 13 
agreements.  Although the GOR was flexible about dates for 
the next round of talks, Volkov considered that much would 
depend on the work of the IAEA team which arrived in 
Pyongyang on Tuesday. 
 
3.  (C) Moscow's Korea experts also welcomed the U.S.'s 
demonstration of "flexibility" and "readiness to engage." 
Former Russian Ambassador to South Korea, Georgiy Kunadze 
maintained that the U.S. had the ultimate leverage -- 
normalization of the relationship -- which no other 
participating country had and that the U.S. should treat 
North Korea as a negotiating partner on an equal footing. 
Aleksandr Zhebin, a scholar of the Far Eastern Institute, 
argued that engagement with Pyongyang would work where 
sanctions had failed.  Anton Khlopov, Deputy Director of the 
PIR Center, which focuses on nonproliferation issues, took a 
slightly different tack.  He said that unblocking the impasse 
was a welcome move but the process should adhere to the 
agreed "action for action" steps, with the burden on the 
North to fulfill specified obligations before further 
engagement from other five countries. 
BURNS

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