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Title: AUSTRIAN RESPONSE TO NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST

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SUBJECT: AUSTRIAN RESPONSE TO NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST 
ANNOUNCEMENT 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 169418 
     ¶B. VIENNA 00515 
     ¶C. VIENNA 02968 
 
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Scott Kilner for reasons 1.4 (b) and ( 
d). 
 
¶1.  (C) On October 10, Charge met with Thomas Mayr-Harting, 
the MFA's Political Director, and Ambassador Nikolaus Scherk, 
Director of the MFA's Asia Division, to deliver ref A talking 
points on North Korea,s announced nuclear test. 
 
¶2.  (C) Charge emphasized the extreme gravity of the 
situation.  He said the international community needed to 
send an unequivocal message to the DPRK that its actions are 
unacceptable.  Charge welcomed Austrian Foreign Minister 
Plassnik's statement condemning the test (text para 7). 
Charge also noted that cooperation with Austrian financial 
authorities to hinder DPRK financial proliferation activities 
(reftel B) had been excellent, but he stressed the need for 
continued vigilance. 
 
¶3.  (C) Mayr-Harting said Austria remains fully committed to 
the nonproliferation regime and that this test was 
unacceptable.  He also said that the DPRK must return to the 
six party talks. 
 
¶4.  (C) Scherk mentioned that the North Koreans had floated 
the idea of having one of their Vice Foreign Ministers visit 
Vienna in mid-November (reftel C), presumably along with 
stops in a few other European capitals.  Mayr-Harting and 
Scherk said the GoA is currently debating whether to cancel 
the visit in response to the test, or to receive the Vice 
Minister in order to deliver a firm message.  Charge urged 
the GoA to cancel, arguing that cancelation of the meeting 
would send a stronger signal to the DPRK that its nuclear 
test was unacceptable.  Mayr-Harting agreed with the 
Charge,s perspective, but said that Austria wanted to touch 
base with its European partners before making a final 
decision. 
 
¶5.  (C) Scherk added that the EU was working towards a common 
response to the previous North Korean missile test in the 
context of UNSCR 1695.  Scherk opined that a response to the 
nuclear test could be folded into that process. 
 
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 NPT Review PrepCon 
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¶6.  (C) Separately, Mayr-Harting also raised the issue of the 
First Preparatory Conference for the NPT Review scheduled for 
the first two weeks of May 2007.  He stated that Austria 
would like to hold this conference in Vienna to recognize and 
celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the IAEA. 
 
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 Text of FM Plassnik's Statement 
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¶7.  (U) Text of Austria MFA statement dated October 9, 2006: 
Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik strongly condemned last 
night's nuclear test in North Korea: "This will not create 
more security, but rather worsen the current security 
situation.  North Korea must stop playing with fire and 
return to the negotiating table immediately.  The strategy of 
aggressive self-isolation pursued by the North Korean 
leadership with nuclear means is a dangerous dead-end."  Just 
last September, the six-party talks involving the two Koreas, 
China, the USA, Japan, and Russia entered a promising stage. 
However, no negotiations have taken place since November 
¶2005.  "Following the unilateral escalation by Pyongyang, the 
resumption of negotiations is more important than ever.  We 
must not stop insisting on a negotiated solution towards 
Pyongyang.  Every other development carries the danger of 
increased tensions and further rearmament efforts", the 
Foreign Minister continued.  "Alongside the threat to 
regional stability, the example of North Korea once again 
underlines the importance of the non-proliferation of nuclear 
weapons.  Under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of 
Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Austria is thus consistently committed 
to promoting non-proliferation along with the disarmament of 
the nuclear states",  Plassnik emphasized.  "Now the UN 
Security council will have to concern itself with this 
matter.  I hope the UN Security Council's confirmation of the 
candidacy of Ban Ki-moon for the office of the UN 
Secretary-General, scheduled for today, will open up new 
 
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peninsula", Plassnik concluded.  End statement. 
McCaw