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Title: EVEN VENEZUELA CONDEMNS NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/10/2016 
TAGS: PREL PARM KNNP VE KN
SUBJECT: EVEN VENEZUELA CONDEMNS NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST 
 
REF: A. STATE 166404 
 
     ¶B. STATE 169418 
 
Classified By: POLITICAL COUNSELOR ROBERT DOWNES, 
REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
¶1. (SBU) Embassy conveyed Ref A points regarding North 
Korea's nuclear test plans to MFA North American Affairs 
Director Yaneth Arocha prior to North Korea's October 8 
announcement of a nuclear weapons test.  In addition, 
Ambassador spoke on the phone with MFA Vice Minister for Asia 
and the Middle East Vladimir Villegas, who was in New York on 
UN business.  MFA officials provided no substantive feedback 
on U.S. views at the time.  Ambassador has requested to meet 
with Villegas upon his return and Embassy will convey Ref B 
message as soon as possible. 
 
¶2. (U) Speaking to the local press on October 9, Venezuelan 
Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro condemned North Korea's 
nuclear test, and condemns all nuclear tests for the "immense 
damage they cause to the planet."  Noting that Venezuela 
maintains a "policy of principles" on nuclear energy, Maduro 
said Venezuela opposes the proliferation of nuclear weapons, 
is working in international fora to persuade nuclear powers 
to eliminate their stockpile progressively, and is supportive 
of nuclear-free zones, including one for the Americas.  He 
stressed that Venezuela only supports the peaceful and 
humanitarian use of nuclear energy. 
 
¶3. (C) Comment: President Chavez has worked hard to improve 
relations with international pariahs like Iran, Syria, and 
Belarus, and the Venezuelan government is by no means a 
credible non-proliferation partner.  Nevertheless, the BRV 
has not been visibly courting North Korea of late: Chavez did 
not travel to North Korea during his world tours this summer, 
for example.  Maduro's public condemnation of the North 
Korean nuclear test was almost certainly calibrated to give a 
more moderate gloss to the BRV's radical foreign policy prior 
to next week's UNGA vote for filling UNSC vacancies. 
 
BROWNFIELD