South Korea sent its chief negotiator on the North’s nuclear program to Beijing to discuss how the death of Kim Jong Il affects international efforts to reverse the reclusive regime’s atomic weapons program.
China and North Korea urged efforts from related parties to start the six-party nuclear talks, according to a statement posted on China’s Foreign Ministry website yesterday. Wu Dawei, China’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, held talks with North Korea’s First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan on Oct. 12 and 15. The countries agreed to keep pushing for progress in the six- party talks, according to the statement.
North Korea denied planning a nuclear weapons test while a report indicated it’s upgrading a rocket launch site, conflicting signs that underscore the challenge of gauging the intentions of new leader Kim Jong Un.
The U.S. is “cautiously optimistic” about talks in Beijing today with North Korea, the first such meeting since Kim Jong Il died in December and his son inherited leadership of the isolated, nuclear-armed country.
The U.S. and North Korea held “substantive and serious” talks in Beijing today in the first such meeting since Kim Jong Il died in December and his son inherited leadership of the isolated, nuclear-armed country.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and China’s top diplomat “reached important consensus” today on issues of the Korean peninsula, where tensions have heightened since the North’s attack on South Korean soil.
China expects a meeting of officials from the U.S., Japan and South Korea scheduled for Dec. 6 to ease tensions and promote dialogue on the Korean peninsula, said Jiang Yu , a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.