Washington Seen Judging 6-Party Talks On N Korea A Failure: Perry

Friday, May 22, 2009

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry said during a panel discussion at the annual Future of Asia conference here Friday that the Obama administration will likely judge that the six-party talk framework has failed, noting that North Korea once detonated a nuclear device despite the aid-for-disarmament arrangement.

Even if Pyongyang returns to the six-party talks in the near future, Perry went on to say, Washington is expected to shift its focus to three-way consultation among the U.S., Japan and South Korea in its efforts to make the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free.

He said that like Tokyo and Seoul, the U.S. government will not recognize North Korea as a nuclear power, predicting that it will take a more hardline stance toward Pyongyang.

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.