U.S. prefers cash to military option for N. Korea.
TOKYO, Feb. 3 Kyodo The United States is unlikely to select
military options to deal with North Korea's suspected nuclear
weapon's program, given that Washington is ready to back a 1994
bilateral accord with 47 million dollars. The U.S. aims to use dialogue
to avoid a crisis over Pyongyang's suspected development of
nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, U.S. diplomatic sources said.
The 1994 agreement involves the freezing and eventual dismantling of the
North's nuclear program in exchange for two modern light-water
nuclear reactors and an annual supply of 500,000 tons of fuel oil from
the U.S. until one of the reactors begins operation. The situation
became tense after the U.S. Congress set strict conditions last October
on the disbursement of the 35 million dollars earmarked for the fuel oil
shipments. The U.S. Congress urged a freeze on the fuel oil shipments,
saying that North Korea may have violated the 1994 bilateral nuclear
agreement by constructing an underground nuclear facility near
Yongbyon, 90 kilometers north of Pyongyang. Congress sought inspection
of the site and demanded a halt to Pyuccessors are the king's
eldest son Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who is now president of the
National Assembly, and Prince Norodom Sirivudh, the king's half
brother. "We support the first two scenarios of Queen Monineath or
Prince Norodom Sihamoni to be the successor," Sam Rainsy said.
Constitutionally, the king must be at least 30 years old and descending
from the country's last three royal family lines -- Ang Duong,
Norodom or Sisowath. But Monineath, 63, is not of royal blood. "If
Queen Monineath gains support as a successor, an amendment of the
Constitution is necessary," Sam Rainsy said. The king has in recent
years denied reports that he wants his wife to succeed him on the
throne as a reigning queen upon his death or abdication.