Bosworth concerns over DPRK's uranium enrichment program: S. Korea's nuclear envoy

18:31, December 15, 2009      

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U.S. Special Envoy to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Steven Bosworth, has expressed concern over the DPRK's uranium enrichment program during his visit to Pyongyang last week, Seoul's nuclear envoy said Tuesday.

At a working ruling party meeting held at the National Assembly, Wi Sung-lac, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, said, "there were no specific agreements reached between the two sides during the meeting, but Bosworth did express concern over the announcement of Pyongyang's uranium enrichment to North Korean (DPRK) envoys, including their Vice Foreign Minister Kang Suk-joo."

As the U.S. side officially expressed grave concern regarding the DPRK's uranium enrichment process during its meeting, this issue is expected to be raised at future nuclear discussions, according to Seoul's nuclear envoy.

"Bosworth said that it is clear this issue will be placed on the agenda as one of the primary issues once six-party talks resume," Wi was quoted as saying.

In response to this report, a government source told local Yonhap News Agency that "North Korea (DPRK) did not respond to the U.S.'s concern over this issue."

In a mail to the president of the UN Security Council last September, the DPRK announced, "the uranium enrichment experiment was successful and it is heading into the final bonding phase."

Amid escalated tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Bosworth paid a three-day visit to Pyongyang last week in a bid to persuade the nation back to the pending six-party talks as well as to reconfirm the Joint Statement of September, 2005.

After wrapping up his trip, Bosworth told a press conference in Seoul that the two sides had reached a common understanding on the need to resume the six-party talks.

Source: Xinhua
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