Special report: Six-party talks - 3rd phase
of 5th round
BEIJING, Feb. 8
(Xinhua) -- Top U.S. envoy Christopher Hill on Thursday denied an alleged
signing of memorandum at a meeting between the United States and the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Berlin last month.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for
East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill, who is the top nuclear
negotiator, arrives in Beijing Feb. 7, 2007. (Xinhua Photo/Wang Jianhua)
"We had good discussions and want to see what we
might do in the next six-party talks. We didn't sign anything," said Hill at a
hotel in downtown Beijing.
Reports claimed the United States and the DPRK inked
a memorandum during Berlin talks, agreeing that Pyongyang's first steps toward
its denuclearization and U.S. energy support should begin simultaneously.
The fresh phase of six-party talks will resume in the
Chinese capital later Thursday, focusing on initial steps to implement a 2005
Under the joint statement reached on Sept. 19, 2005,
the DPRK agreed to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for economic aid and
The top U.S. nuclear negotiator visited the Republic
of Korea and Japan before his arrival in China, emphasizing "concrete and
effective steps toward the full implementation of the Sept. 19 Joint Statement
and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
"At this point I don't want to tell that what aspects
of the agreement we try to get implemented except to say we do get set of
actions," Hill said. "If we do, it would be widely seen as a solid positive step
towards implementation of the agreement."
Hill also downplayed a quick settlement of the Korean
nuclear issue, just saying all parties involved try to deal causes of the
problems in a "broad and comprehensive way".
"There is no success only when we implement the full
Sept. 19 joint statement," Hill said.
Korean nuke issue envoys continue
diplomacy on eve of talks
BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Five chief negotiators
involved in the Korean nuke issue on Wednesday held intensive meetings to pave
the way for the six-party talks that will resume in Beijing on Thursday
"Chief Chinese negotiator Wu Dawei held one-on-one talks
with his counterparts from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the
United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan," sources with the Chinese
Foreign Ministry said, without releasing more details.
The flurry of diplomatic consultations came immediately
after the four foreign envoys arrived in Beijing on Wednesday.
"This is a very important session," top U.S. envoy
Christopher Hill told reporters at the Beijing airport. "We all know what we
need to accomplish, and we all hope for success." Full Story
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