美国防长帕内塔说朝鲜仍是威胁 US Defense Chief says North Korea Still a Threat

27 October, 2011

美国国防部长帕内塔说,他对美国与朝鲜最新一轮谈判的结果持“怀疑”态度。美朝谈判的目的是重启陷于停顿的去核谈判。
  
帕内塔星期四在首尔与韩国官员举行会谈后向记者表示他对美朝谈判持保留态度。他说,平壤仍然是一个“严峻的威胁”。朝鲜政府“以无辜平民为目标”进行挑衅,而且继续发展核武器,置国际社会于不顾。
  
在帕内塔讲这番话前几个小时,美国助理国务卿坎贝尔在首尔对记者表示,与朝鲜举行的会谈取得了进展,但“没有重大突破”。
  
坎贝尔突访首尔向韩国方面介绍美朝官员在日内瓦举行第二轮直接会谈的情况。

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he is "skeptical" about the outcome of the latest round of direct U.S. talks with North Korea aimed at resuming stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations.
  
Panetta expressed his reservations to reporters Thursday after holding talks with South Korean officials in Seoul. He said Pyongyang remains "a serious threat" by engaging in provocations "that target innocent lives," and in its continued pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of the international community.
  
Panetta's comments came hours after U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told reporters in Seoul progress was made in the recent talks, but added "there were no breakthroughs." 
  
Campbell made an unannounced stop in Seoul to brief his counterparts on the second round of direct talks between American and North Korean officials in Geneva.