U.S. envoy on DPRK voices hope for "serious negotiations" in near future

08:19, January 05, 2011      

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Stephen Bosworth, U.S. envoy on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, talks to media at the Incheon International Airport, Jan. 4, 2011. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)



Stephen Bosworth, U.S. envoy on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), said Tuesday he hopes "serious" talks over Pyongyang's nuclear program will soon begin.

"We believe that serious negotiations must be at the heart of any strategy for dealing with North Korea (DPRK) and we look forward to being able to launch those at a reasonably early time," the envoy, who arrived here Tuesday afternoon, told reporters at the Incheon International Airport.

He is seeking to "consult and coordinate positions" of the countries involved in the stalled six-party talks aimed at dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear program, the envoy said, adding he is expecting "more listening than talking."

During his two-day stay in Seoul, as part of the Asian tour that will also bring him to China and Japan, the former U.S. ambassador to South Korea will meet with South Korea's chief negotiator to the six-party nuclear talks, Wi Sung-lac, and Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan.

The envoy's Asian trip is expected to lay foundations for the upcoming meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington later this month, Seoul's foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.

The flurry of diplomatic activities come after Pyongyang, which once declared the six-party talks dead, expressed its will to return to the negotiating table while claiming it has developed a new, highly sophisticated uranium enrichment facility.

The last round of talks, hosted by China, was held in December 2008.

Source: Xinhua


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