C O N F I D E N T I A L TAIPEI 003551
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/17/2031
TAGS: PREL KNNP PARM KN TW
SUBJECT: TAIWAN SUPPORTS INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE TO NORTH
KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST
REF: A. SECSTATE 172816
Â¶B. TAIPEI 2800
Classified By: AIT Director Stephen M. Young, Reason 1.4 (b/d)
Â¶1. (C) AIT Director conveyed Ref A talking points on UNSCR
1718 to NSC Secretary-General Chiou I-jen, and Pol Chief
conveyed them separately to MOFA Director-General for North
American Affairs Leo Lee, on October 17. The Director
expressed appreciation for Taiwan's serious attention to
proliferation issues, both with respect to North Korea and
also other potential proliferation problem countries, like
Iran. He stressed the high level of attention being paid to
this matter by Washington.
Â¶2. (C) Chiou responded that he had just chaired an
interagency meeting this morning with relevant agencies
specifically to follow up on UNSCR 1718 implementation. At
that meeting, Chiou told DIR, he made four points on actions
he has taken this week:
--Directed the economic ministries to further tighten up the
list of prohibited items for export, to which 300 sensitive
items had recently been added.
--Directed MOFA to review procedures for all North Korean
visitors to Taiwan, with the aim of further tightening
--Instructed the Executive Yuan (EY) to draft revisions to
existing trade and banking laws, specifically with an eye to
requirements under UNSCR 1718.
--Called for these directives to be reviewed at an Executive
Yuan meeting on October 25.
Â¶3. (C) Wherever possible, Chiou continued, the government
will look to implement procedures promptly via EY
implementation of executive powers; otherwise, the relevant
draft language will be forwarded to the Legislative Yuan for
swift legislative action.
Â¶4. (C) At MOFA, POL Chief expressed appreciation for
Taiwan's various statements condemning the North Korean
nuclear tests (See Ref B) and thanked Taipei for its
cooperation on a range of non-proliferation issues.
Director-General Lee reiterated President Chen Shui-bian's
Oct 9 statement that condemned the North Korean nuclear test
as a "serious act of provocation" and a threat to the
stability of the Korean peninsula and the East Asia region.
He also stressed that Taiwan sees itself within the camp of
democratic nations seeking to resolve the Korean Peninsula
issue peacefully. Lee told AIT that MOFA was holding a
series of internal meetings on October 17 to map out what
further steps Taiwan can take on the North Korea issue. He
added that the deliberation would feed into the National
Security Council meeting on UNSCR 1718 implementation later
that same day. (Note: This meeting was evidently what Chiou
described in his discussion with the Director later that same
day. End Note.)