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NightWatch 20100212

NightWatch

For the Night of 12 February 2010

A diplomatic source said North Korea's top nuclear negotiator and Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan is expected to visit the United States in March, Yonhap reported Feb. 12. The source added that the dates for Kim's trip to the United States have already been set.

North Korea has not ruled out returning to six-party talks, but it also is not eager to resume negotiations, U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe said Feb. 12, Reuters reported. After visiting North Korea, Pascoe said the North Koreans are not happy with sanctions, but are not eager to return to talks

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said foreign secretary-level talks will be held Feb. 25, All India Radio reported Feb. 12. Qureshi insisted on resumption of "composite dialogue" that is "meaningful and result-oriented" and covers outstanding issues such as Kashmir.

The elders

Poland's lower house of parliament on Feb. 12 passed a bill, 374-24, allowing around 100 U.S. troops to be stationed in the country as part of a U.S. missile shield, DPA reported. Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich said the passage of the bill will make way for the shield, which will consist of Patriot missiles and SM-3s, to be positioned in Poland as early as March or April, Polish press agency PAP reported.

End of NightWatch for 12 February.

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