Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tancredo asks for Taiwan to be included in DPRK Nuke Issue

Tom Tancredo's Office forwarded me this press release:


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carlos Espinosa

Monday, October 16, 2006 202.226.6997



Tancredo Presses Rice to Include Taiwan Visit in Asian Tour

Seeks expanded role for island ally in resolving North Korean crisis

( Washington , D.C. ) - U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asking her to meet with Taiwan President Chen Shui-Bian to discuss enhanced U.S.-Taiwan cooperation on cargo inspections, enforcement of sanctions against North Korea, and to consider giving Taipei a role in the six party talks.

"Despite the fact that Taiwan has been unfairly excluded from the UN," said Tancredo, Member of the Congressional International Relations Committee. "I believe they can contribute much to this effort and would be more than willing to help."

Taiwan's government has been helpful in the past, interdicting ships hauling illicit materials both to and from North Korea.

Secretary Rice is scheduled to visit Japan , South Korea , China and Russia beginning Tuesday, October 17, 2006 to build support for U.N. sanctions against North Korea (DPRK).

On October 14, 2006 the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution imposing limited sanctions on the DPRK. Among other things, it calls for a suspension of the North Korean WMD program, including nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

For a copy of the letter, please follow this link:

http://tancredo.house.gov/media/tancredo_rohrabacher rice dprk.pdf


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It sure would complicate things for US cooperation with China if Sec. of State Rice showed up in Taipei and talked with the man China views as the Antichrist, Chen Shui-bian, and asked Taiwan to get involved. So we'll never see that happen. *sigh*

Post Korean war, did the ROC interdict any ships from N Korea?

11 comments:

MJ Klein said...

Michael, Tancredo knows it would complicate matters, but he is asking Rice to visit Taipei anyway. something is up.... i believe that the feeling is China has more in common with DPRK than not, and probably cannot be counted on. Taiwan is clearly more in line with US Policy on the matter.

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Even if possible, I'm not sure if Taiwan should get involved with this now (more or less) out-of-control situation.

What strikes me as curious is why Pakistan is not mentioned in these efforts to curb North Korea. I haven't heard the name A.Q. Khan lately -- why is that, I wonder?
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May I add this headline to the discussion:

NK: U.N. resolution is 'war'

Blaming the United States for instigating U.N. Security Council sanctions against it, North Korea today called the resolution approved over the weekend a "declaration of war."

I'd like to now emphasize my point that Taiwan should stay the hell out of this situation. And thank you, George W. Bush, for making us all safer!
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Anonymous said...

A token gesture by the US administration over an issue that offers a convenient excuse to visit Taipei.

Michael Turton said...

What strikes me as curious is why Pakistan is not mentioned in these efforts to curb North Korea. I haven't heard the name A.Q. Khan lately -- why is that, I wonder?

Pakistan is our a friend and would never, ever, ever, proliferate nuclear weapons. Ever. George Bush said so, so it must be true.

STOP Ma said...

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Pakistan is our a friend and would never, ever, ever, proliferate nuclear weapons. Ever. George Bush said so, so it must be true.

What was I thinking, Michael (slap my head). One merely has to look at what a great job Pakistan has done to stamp out Al Qaeda -- preventing them from having a safe haven. If it weren't for Pakistan's containment of Al Qaeda, Afghanistan would have a steady stream of backup support, making things a mess once again for my fellow Canadian soldiers.

LOL!

And then when the Pakistani intelligence is actually collecting crucial information for this "War on Terror" -- the Bush administration leaks the name of their mole in Lahore -- perhaps allowing 2 of the London Bombers to complete their mission in 2005.

No matter! Madonna has adopted an African baby and Kim Jong-Ill is a very very bad man.
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Anonymous said...

I honestly believe that the current U.S. administration is very hypocritical. Why promote democracy when they refuse to recongnize Taiwan which wants to be a democracy, has its own gov't, military, and is very beneficial to the U.S. Screw China! I am a 22 year old young black/Native American and I truly hope that at least my generation will do a better job in recognizing Taiwan as independent of China. I think the current generation or even this administration is just too scared of China to do anything. They say the sanctions on DPRK is great, no it's not because China won't do anything to enforce them. Who the hell are these people kidding!!?? Stupid!!

Mark said...

Michael, sorry about the off-topic comment, but this is a name I know well...

Tom Tancredo voted for the Torture Bill, and he's even from my home state. I'll be voting against the jackass until he's gone.

Biomed Tim said...

Tancredo is has been the go-to guy for Taiwan for some time now.

I find it odd that Taiwan lobbied for this; it's just idiotic. It strikes me as another attempt by Taiwan to say, "Hey, look at me! I'm here! Include me Include me Include me!"

I think people are sick of hearing Taiwan begging to be let into the WHO and the UN. It makes us look like such desperate losers.

What we really need to do, is to make ourselves indispensible in the international arena. We can do this by encouraging even more foreign investments in Taiwan, and further vamp up our foreign aid in places that MATTER, like India. We need to stop wasting our time with worthless two-bit countries that are always all-too-ready to cut official ties with us at the first sign of political pressure from China.

Taiwan also needs to offer more benefits to countries like Japan and U.S, so that what ever is good for us, ends up being good for them. Likewise, our problem becomes their problem.

If other countries truly need us, they will help us. Begging for attention is not going to accomplish anything.

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Mark,

Good for you, man!

October 17th, 2006 is the day Habeas Corpus officially died in the United States of America -- and most Americans yawned!!

Take a look at THIS VIDEO of one of the only meaningful discussions of this dark day in America. Pay particular attention to the President signing this death to the Constitution as we know it.

He slams down his pen like as if it were a dagger. I nearly wept for my American friends.
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Geoff from Oz said...

It would be so convenient for the UN if Taiwan could do its dirty work in monitoring North Korean shipping. Who the hell would care if a few Taiwanese lost their lives, or if a few missiles dropped on Taiwan? It would get China and the USA off the hook very nicely. Chen should give sweet talking Condoleesa the finger over this one.
If the world wants Taiwan to do UN work then Taiwan should be a member. Period!