S.Korean, U.S. envoys exchange views on outcomes of their trips to China

08:42, February 26, 2010      

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South Korean chief nuclear negotiator Wi Sung-lac on Thursday met with U.S. special nuclear envoy Stephen Bosworth to exchange views on outcomes gained during their recent trips in China.

Both Wi and Bosworth just concluded their trips in Beijing respectively where they met with China's special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs Wu Dawei for talks on ways to bring the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) back to the stalled six-party denuclearization talks.

Wi told reporters after the meeting that he and Bosworth have made comparison among their consultation contents with China officials, and assessed the current situations.

"What everyone is trying to do now is to find ways to resume the six-party talks, so I believe it is important for the countries to work together to make sure their efforts will lead to a positive outcome," Wi was quoted by Seoul's Yonhap News Agency as saying.

A senior official who made a briefing with reporters said the DPRK's Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Gye-gwan is seeking a visit to the United States for a new round of DPRK-U.S. dialogue, but Washington sticks to its basic position that any talks should be based on visible progress by Pyongyang.

The prospect of the six-party talks is depending on the attitudes of Pyongyang and Washington, the unnamed official said, adding that if all goes well, the multilateral negotiations are expected to be resumed in March or April.

He said China is making efforts to push forward the resumption of the six-party talks, but there seems no changes in Pyongyang's demands, as it still insists that the sanctions should be lift first.

But Seoul's stance is that the all problems, including sanctions, could be discussed only after the DPRK returns to the international forum, and Washington has the same position, the official stressed.

On his part, Bosworth said upon arriving in Seoul from China earlier in the day that his country is ready to resume the six- party denuclearization talks "in the very near future," according to local media.

On Wednesday, Wi said there is no sign that the stalled six- party talks will resume immediately.

As he wrapped up a two-day trip to Beijing, Wi said the DPRK has shown some signs of improvement in its stance compared with last year, however, as for when the multilateral nuclear talks will resume, "We will have to wait and see."

The six-party talks, launched in 2003 but stalled last April, involve the DPRK, South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Source: Xinhua
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