U.S. invites DPRK vice foreign minister to New York for nuclear talks

08:31, July 25, 2011      

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The United States has invited Kim Kye-Gwan, vice foreign minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to New York for talks on the possible resumption of the six-party negotiations on nuclear issues, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement on Sunday.

"Following the first round of denuclearization talks between the nuclear negotiators of the Republic of Korea and North Korea ( DPRK), the United States has invited North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kae-gwan to New York toward the end of next week," Clinton said after she attended the ASEAN Regional Forum in Bali.

"Vice Foreign Minister Kim will meet with an interagency team of U.S. officials for discussions on the next steps necessary to resume denuclearization negotiations through the six-party talks," the statement said.

South Korea's chief nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac and his DPRK counterpart Ri Yong-ho held a bilateral meeting in Bali on Friday. During the meeting, the two sides agreed to work to resume the long-stalled six-party talks.

The six-party talks on nuclear issues, involving the DPRK, South Korea, China, the United States, Japan and Russia, have been stalled since late 2008.

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