|Daniel Russel (C), assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, speaks to the media after meeting with South Korean Deputy Minister for Political Affairs Lee Kyung-soo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul, capital of South Korea, Sept. 6, 2013. A senior U.S. diplomat in charge of East Asian affairs on Friday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to keep its past commitments to dismantle its nuclear program, Yonhap News Agency reported. (Xinhua/Park Jin-hee)
SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- A senior U.S. diplomat in charge of East Asian affairs on Friday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to keep its past commitments to dismantle its nuclear program, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said in Seoul that the DPRK should be"prepared to implement the commitments it has already made,"citing the Sept. 19 Joint Statement in 2005.
Seoul and Pyongyang declared in 1991 to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, and it was reconfirmed in the 2005 Joint Statement unveiled after the six-party talks, a multilateral negotiating body to dismantle the DPRK's nuclear program.
The six-way dialogue, including the two Koreas, China, the U.S., Russia and Japan, has been stalled since late 2008.
Russel said it would be crystal clear from the Sept. 19 Joint Statement that "the goal of the six-party talks and the goal of all diplomatic efforts here was complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Koran Peninsula."
His comment was in line with the U.S. administration's stance that Pyongyang should first prove its authenticity toward living up to past disarmament-for-aid agreements such as the 2005 Joint Statement before the six-party talks are resumed.
Russel arrived in Seoul on Thursday for his first three-day travel to the country since he took the position in July. His visit preceded the South Korean trip by U.S. Special Representative for policy on the DPRK Glyn Davies.
Davies will stay in Seoul for two days from next Monday for meetings with senior government officials, including Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Cho Tae-young.