Progress at six-party talks depends on U.S.: DPRK's top negotiator

The attitude of the United States will decide whether the new phase of the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue yield results, top negotiator of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Thursday.

The DPRK does not expect too much from the third phase of the fifth round of six-party talks, Kim Kye-Gwan told Xinhua at the airport as he departed for Beijing. The key lies in whether Washington would give up its hostile policy and peacefully coexist with the DPRK, he said.

Kim said that the DPRK hopes the talks could bring agreements, however, it depends on the Americans.

The six-party talks, which involve the DPRK, the United States, China,Russia, South Korean and Japan, will resume Thursday afternoon in Beijing.

Reports claimed that Kim and his U.S. counterpart Christopher Hill inked a memorandum during their Berlin talks in mid-January, agreeing that Pyongyang's first steps toward its denuclearization and U.S. energy support should begin simultaneously.

But Hill on Thursday denied the alleged agreement.

After the Berlin talks, Kim respectively met with Russian, Chinese and South Korean negotiators in Moscow and Beijing.

Source: Xinhua



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