Related report: Six-party talks - 3rd phase of 5th
BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- The six parties involved
in the Korean nuclear issue remained divided on compensation measures for the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as the talks entered the fourth day
The Republic of Korea Chief negotiator Chun Yung Woo
said it's "unreasonable" to expect breakthrough on Sunday as there will be
further consultations to come.
The current problem is not about the "scale" of the
economic aid to be given to the DPRK, but about what actions the DPRK will take
to denuclearize, said Chun.
Reports said the sticking point to ink a deal centers
on the volume and timing about the energy aid to the DPRK.
"There is definitely one issue preventing us from
sealing the deal right now," said chief U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill
Envoys from host China, the DPRK, the United States,
the ROK, Japan and Russia reconvened the talks on Thursday in Beijing in the
wake of a 48-day recess.
"I have met with Kim (Kim Kye-Gwan, top DPRK
negotiator) before I came here...he said he had some ideas... Mr Kim said he
will think about them," chief U.S envoy Christopher Hill told reporters after
visiting an American art exhibition at the National Museum of China at his
leisure Sunday afternoon.
"There are some ideas they (the DPRK) are going to
think about and respond to. So I think we will have ideas when we have a
delegation meeting later this afternoon," Hill said.
This was the first one-on-one consultation between
Hill and Kimsince this phase of talks resumed on Thursday, although they were
said to have lunch together on Friday.
China held one-on-one talks with other five parties
respectively on Sunday, according to the press center.
Chief negotiators also had an-hour-long group meeting
in the afternoon, without announcing the end of the talks.
Top Chinese envoy Wu Dawei once said the talks would
last three or four days.
But the talks got blocked by the energy aid to the
DPRK after the negotiators held consultations on a Chinese draft, which involves
the moves the DPRK will take to abandon its nuclear program in return for
economic aid and security guarantee.
The draft reportedly proposes halting within two
months work at nuclear sites in the DPRK, including the Yongbyon reactor, and
supplying Pyongyang with alternative energy sources.
"It seems the chances to reach a joint statement are
slim," said Russian representative Alexander Losyukov.
"If a joint statement can not be finally reached,
there will be a chairman's statement," said Losyukov. "But that doesn't mean a
Losyukov said Saturday morning that the nuclear
negotiations will end with a two-page joint statement.
"The DPRK demanded too much on the compensation
issue. It will be difficult to reach an agreement if it does not reconsider its
demand," said Japanese negotiator Kenichiro Sasae on Sunday morning.
The current situation remains severe, and it is "not
optimistic" whether an agreement will be reached, Sasae said.
However, Hill urged the talks to pick up pace and end
Hill declined to say what the sticking point exactly
is, but implied some issues should be discussed within working groups.
"The issue of this kind is more appropriate for
experts to deal with... that's why we have so many working groups," Hill said.
Envoys cracking hard nuts on third day of six-party
BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Envoys to the six-party talks on Saturday
struggled to decide on the first steps toward denuclearizing the Korean
Peninsula, but no agreement was reached.
Six-party talks moving to a possible
BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Envoys to the six-party
talks on the Korean Peninsula nuke issue on Friday examined a Chinese draft
document that could see them take the first steps towards denuclearization of
the Korean Peninsula.
Russian envoy: six-party talks to end with two-page joint
BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Russian representative
Alexander Losyukov said Saturday that the six-party talks on Korean nuclear
issue will end with a two-page joint statement.
Top envoy: DPRK ready for talks on initial steps of
BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) has made due preparation for discussing initial steps
of denuclearization during the pending session of six-party talks, DPRK top
envoy Kim Kye-gwan said here Thursday.
Hill denies signing alleged memorandum with
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.
Japan envoy sure of progress in fresh nuclear
BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chief Japanese negotiator
Kenichiro Sasae on Thursday expressed his optimism that the fresh round of
six-party talks on the Korean nuclear issue will make headway.
ROK chief negotiator: six-party talks at "important
BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chief negotiator of the
Republic of Korea (ROK) Chun Yung woo said here Thursday afternoon that the
current six-party talks on Korean Peninsular nuclear issue are at "an important
crossroad" and the negotiations need to move from words to