Peking sent a note Washington assessing the points of conflict over North Korea.
|The US Position||China’s position|
|North Korea is developing an offensive nuclear programme to reconquer South Korea.||North Korea is developing a defensive nuclear program to protect itself from an operation orchestrated by Washington, to bring about a regime- change.|
|North Korea has violated the 1994 Protocol which placed a ban on manufacturing atomic bombs by launching a space satellite that works using enriched uranium, which is a missile test in disguise.||North Korea did not violate the 1994 Protocol as this only refers to the use of plutonium and makes no mention of uranium.|
Washington has been invited to clarify its positions so that Peking may in turn bring its positions closer in line to Washington’s.