US says Myanmar ‘on right track’ over NK arms ties
BEIJING: The United States believes that Myanmar is on the right track toward giving up its remaining military ties with North Korea but recognizes it will take time, the US envoy for the North Korean nuclear dispute said on Monday.
US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies told reporters in Beijing that Washington continued to be worried about that relationship and it was an issue raised with their counterparts in the former Burma.
|Not too long, though. A month should do it...|
“I think that Burma’s on the right path, that they have made a strategic decision to fundamentally alter their relationship with the DPRK and to ultimately end these relationships with North Korea,” Davies said, using the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “But it’s a work in process. It was a long relationship that the two countries had and so it does take some time to work through it.”
The Southeast Asian country’s defense minister said in June that Myanmar had abandoned research on a nuclear program that never progressed very far and had stepped back from close military and political ties with North Korea. News reports two years ago indicated Myanmar had obtained technology for enriching uranium from North Korea along with parts for a nuclear weapons program.
A UN panel that monitors compliance with sanctions on North Korea has also investigated reports of possible weapons-related deals between Pyongyang and Syria and Myanmar.
Posted by: Steve White