WASHINGTON, July 15 (Xinhua) -- The United States has no plan to meet with officials of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Thailand next week, a senior U.S. official said here on Wednesday.
Ruling out the possibility of a U.S.-DPRK meeting, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scot Marciel also told reporters that there will probably not be a meeting of the five nations pushing the DPRK to abandon its nuclear weapons programs on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting.
The five countries are the United States, the Republic of Korea, China, Japan and Russia. Bilateral meetings among officials of the countries are possible, according to Marciel.
The U.S. official made the remarks when Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK's Supreme People's Assembly, said at the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt that the DPRK is not ready to resume disarmament talks over its nuclear program because the United States and its allies do not respect the nation's sovereignty.
Thailand is due to host the 42nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), Post Ministerial Conferences (PMC) and 16th ASEAN Regional Forum(ARF) in the southern province of Phuket from July 17 to 23.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has confirmed her participation in the forthcoming ASEAN meetings in Thailand.