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Associated Press (AP) announces reports of DPR Korean-Iraqi bilateral talks in an unannounced closed meeting in Pyongyang, allegedly regarding military trade between the defense ministers of the two states. Various agencies claim that such talks have been occurring for prior to the meeting by months. May 9th, 2000
Further reports indicate that the deal was finalized today, and that it was worth $40 billion. According to the deal, Iraq was to pay this amount in total when the transporting vessel entered Iraq’s regional waters in the Arabian Gulf. May 11th, 2000
North Korea has asked the Russian Federation to transport the weapons, since Russian vessels are less vulnerable to detection. In addition to that fact, the Russian vessels are stationed in the Gulf of Oman. DPR Korea has agreed to pay the Russian Federation a commission of 35% of the total trade deal amount. May 12th, 2000
The United States places its naval ships in strategic positions on the Arabian Sea, and in regional waters of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. These two nations further request the US to protect them from any possible hazards. Several members of the European Council issue official statements indicating that they were stunned by Russia’s rash act, and that they will consider withdrawing all possible further financial aids to the Russian Federation if it carries through with its apparent plan to supply Iraq. May 13th, 2000
Igor Ivanov, foreign minister of Russia, addresses an international press conference, denying the existence of such an agreement with DPR Korea. He further accuses the United States of stationing nuclear weapons in the Republic of South Korea. May 14th, 2000
The Republic of Korea claims that DPR Korea has launched at a South Korean power plant south of Seoul, although no sufficient evidence was available to support this accusation. The American army in Korea goes on high alert. It is an army of 40,000 and supplements a modern Southern Korean number of perhaps 500,000. The larger, but more backward, North Korean army numbers well over a million and is heavily entrenched above Seoul. The North Korean government repeats its usual threats towards the South, denouncing the US, and threatening to turn Seoul into a “Sea of Fire.” May 15th, 2000
The Russian vessel is spotted in the international waters of the Arabian Gulf by the American vessels. James Rubin, official spokesman of the White House, confirms that the detected vessel is in fact an oil tanker, carrying illegal weapons, including an unconfirmed number of nuclear warheads. Rubin also verifies that satellite photographs affirm that the origin of the trajectory of the missile launched at South Korea was a military base in DPR Korea. Further, the South Korean government announces the seizure of yet another group of North Korean infiltrators. Allegedly, they planned to assassinate the president of South Korea. The president of South Korea, long known for his mild approach to North Korea, makes an irate speech condemning North Korea and promises to end South Korean economic aid if any more “incidents” occur. May 16, 2000
The vessel enters Iraqi regional waters, proving that Iraq has paid the total sum to DPR Korea. Two hours later, President Clinton makes a speech demanding that Russians withdraw the vessel from Iraq’s regional waters, saying that they are in direct violation of the UN sanctions against Iraq; Clinton warns that if the vessel does not leave Iraq’s regional waters in 72 hours, the United States will seize the ship. The US Secretary of Defense William Cohen places the navy in the Arabian Gulf on high alert; additional US naval ships sail from Bahrain. Vladimir Putin immediately responds, labeling the UN sanctions as void and destructive to Iraq, as the United States has provided no reasonable plan for an eventual removal of the UN sanctions. He vows that Russia will defend its national interests. This speech improves his approval rating in Russia by 20 percentage points.
Meanwhile the Chinese government meets with officials from both North and South Korea, trying to lessen the war scare. The North emerges from the meeting seemingly more enraged at the South, and rumors of the meeting suggest that China offered cautious support to its long-time Communist ally. May 17th, 2000
The government of Russia announces a series of lucrative arms deals signed with the Republic of Iraq. The total amount about offsets that which the IMF, this day, threatens to withhold from Russia. The Iraqi army and navy go on high alert and several small Iraqi vessels edge closer to the Russian tanker. The Russian government claims that US submarines are secretly trailing the Russian vessel into Iraqi territorial water. The United States neither confirms nor denies this, but repeats its requirement that the Russians do not offload the offensive cargo. The President of UN Security Councils calls for an emergency meeting to “unlock the rising tension in the Iraqi Gulf area” and to “put to rest fears of war in North Asia.” Meanwhile the United States issues a statement asking China to “discourage” North Korea from further belligerent exercises on the frontier and reiterates its promise to seize the vessel. The clock ticks towards the end of the deadline….
Signed on the date of : May 18, 2000
Between the nations of: 1. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 2. The Republic of Iraq 3. The Republic of Korea 4. The Russian Federation 5. The United States of America
We, the nations listed above agree to the following points:
1. The Russian oil tanker will withdraw from the territorial waters of the Republic of Iraq. The nuclear warhead(s) will be taken to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to be dismantled.
2. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will refund the $40 billion to the Republic of Iraq.
3. The United States of America will withdraw its 40,000 troops from the Republic of Korea.
4. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will issue a formal apology to the Republic of Korea and promise not to attack or threaten the Repulic of Korea.
All points above are considered to be in effect after ratification by ALL of the countries listed in this treaty.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Signed: _______________________
The Republic of Iraq Signed: _______________________
The Republic of Korea Signed: _______________________
The Russian Federation Signed: _______________________
The United States of America Signed: _______________________