Tom Tancredo’s Office forwarded me this press release:



Monday, October 16, 2006 202.226.6997

Tancredo Presses Rice to Include Taiwan Visit in Asian Tour

Seeks expanded role for island ally in resolving North Korean crisis

( Washington , D.C. ) - U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asking her to meet with Taiwan President Chen Shui-Bian to discuss enhanced U.S.-Taiwan cooperation on cargo inspections, enforcement of sanctions against North Korea, and to consider giving Taipei a role in the six party talks.

“Despite the fact that Taiwan has been unfairly excluded from the UN,” said Tancredo, Member of the Congressional International Relations Committee. “I believe they can contribute much to this effort and would be more than willing to help.”

Taiwan’s government has been helpful in the past, interdicting ships hauling illicit materials both to and from North Korea.

Secretary Rice is scheduled to visit Japan , South Korea , China and Russia beginning Tuesday, October 17, 2006 to build support for U.N. sanctions against North Korea (DPRK).

On October 14, 2006 the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution imposing limited sanctions on the DPRK. Among other things, it calls for a suspension of the North Korean WMD program, including nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

For a copy of the letter, please follow this link: rice dprk.pdf


It sure would complicate things for US cooperation with China if Sec. of State Rice showed up in Taipei and talked with the man China views as the Antichrist, Chen Shui-bian, and asked Taiwan to get involved. So we’ll never see that happen. *sigh*

Post Korean war, did the ROC interdict any ships from N Korea?