The six-party talks to resolve the Korean Peninsula nuclear
issue resumes in Beijing today.
The US top negotiator
Christopher Hill arrives in Beijing on September 26, 2007. Hill was
here for the second-phase meetings of the sixth-round six-party
talks on the Korean Peninsular nuclear issue, to be started on
The Republic of Korea's (ROK) top negotiator Chun Yung-woo said
yesterday that a road map to implement the results already achieved
would be discussed at the meeting.
"The ROK delegation will do its best and play its unique role to
facilitate achievements as early as possible," Chun said after
arriving in Beijing in the afternoon.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed on
February 13 to close its nuclear facilities in exchange for 1
million tons of heavy fuel oil or equivalent aid.
Japanese and US negotiators yesterday agreed to work more
closely at the six-party talks.
US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, who is also
head of the US delegation at the talks, met with his Japanese
counterpart Kenichiro Sasae and discussed the abduction issue.
Japan accuses the DPRK of abducting its nationals in the 1970s and
On Monday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hinted that
her government could drop the DPRK from its terrorism blacklist
before it fully accounted for the Japanese nationals, a move that
could upset Japan.
But Hill didn't make it clear yesterday whether the US would
actually move the process to drop the DPRK from the blacklist.
Earlier, Japan's new Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda indicated that
he was willing to engage more deeply with the DPRK on the nuclear
and the abduction issues.
The DPRK delegation headed by Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Gye-gwan
arrived in Beijing on Tuesday.
Russia's top negotiator Alexander Losyukov was "cautiously
optimistic" about the upcoming talks. "There may emerge some
problems and difficulties, but all the six parties will make joint
efforts to address them," he said after reaching Beijing in the
But Chinese scholars said the new round of talks will not see
the end of the tug-of-war negotiations. But they see it as a
constructive step to take the denuclearizing process forward in a
"I think the US might be more active in working out some
progress on DPRK's declaration and dismantling of nuclear
facilities," China Foreign Affairs University professor Wang Fan
"Obviously, the Bush administration needs something to ease the
domestic pressure over its Iraq policy and other diplomatic
(China Daily September 27, 2007)