SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. special representative for policy on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Glyn Davies said Tuesday that the right time has not come for heads of six-party talks to gather due to Pyongyang's persistent claims as a nuclear power, Yonhap News Agency reported.
"I don't think it's yet time really for the heads of the delegation of the six-party process to get together because I do not believe that we yet have the conditions," Davies told reporters in Seoul after meeting Cho Tae-yong, who represents South Korea at six-party talks.
Davies said that the obstacle to resuming six-party talks remains very much that the DPRK continues to assert its nuclear status.
Davies arrived in Seoul on Monday for his two-day stay aimed at coordinating DPRK policies. The U.S. official planned to fly to Beijing and Tokyo for talks on the denuclearization of the DPRK this week.
His comments came 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-way talks are resumed.
South Korea and the DPRK declared in 1991 to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, and it was reconfirmed in the 2005 Joint Statement unveiled after the six-party talks.
The six-way dialogue, including the two Koreas, China and the U. S., Russia and Japan, has been stalled since late 2008.
Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said last week during his three-day visit to Seoul that Pyongyang should keep its past commitments to dismantle its nuclear program to reopen the long-stalled six-party talks.
Pyongyang test-fired a long-range rocket last December and conducted its third nuclear test in February, escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The actions caused additional sanctions by the UN Security Council against the DPRK.
The DPRK has shown its intention to rejoin the six-party talks, but it had yet to make clear its willingness to give up its nuclear weapons program.