The top negotiator of the US to the six-party talks on Tuesday expressed his
optimism about the upcoming denuclearization working group meeting,
saying that he believed the meeting would make positive strides
"I felt, based on the very businesslike meeting last night, that
we will get through the denuclearization working group meeting with
some very specific ideas of how to proceed..." Hill told reporters
upon leaving his hotel on Tuesday morning.
Hill flew to Beijing on Monday afternoon and met with his
counterpart Kim Kye-gwan of the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK) immediately upon his arrival. Kim arrived in Beijing
The meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday and Friday in
the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang. It will focus on
measures to facilitate the denuclearization process of the Korean
Hill said he would discuss "options of how to denuclearize and
how to disable, for example.” The crucial question will be the
actual meeting of the six parties.
He said that he would meet his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei,
around 3:00 PM on Tuesday. They will discuss bilateral issues and
the six-party talks.
Hill said on Monday that he and Kim had tentatively agreed to
meet again in late August to discuss the US-DPRK relations.
On Tuesday he denied the possibility that the meeting will be
held in Southeast Asia, or in the US or in Northeast Asia. Hill
stated that he needed to check with Washington for specific dates
The Shenyang meeting comes days after the working group meeting
of economy and energy cooperation was held at the truce village of
Panmunjom from August 7 to 8.
The chief delegates to the six-party talks agreed in July, their
last meeting, to hold the next meetings of the five working groups
The six-party talks, initiated in 2003, include China, DPRK, the
USA, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan.
(Xinhua News Agency August 14, 2007)