US chief negotiator Christopher Hill said on Thursday evening
the US, South Korean and Japanese envoys to the six-party talks
will meet the director-general of the International Atomic Energy
Agency, Mohamed El Baradei on Friday morning.
Hill said the envoys would hear about El Baradei's visit earlier
this week to North Korea. El Baradei was there to discuss the
shutting down of the North Korean nuclear facilities in
When it's shut down, the next stage will be it is disabled, the
next stage will be it is dismantled, Hill said, emphasizing it's a
Hill said he met with the Japanese delegation on Thursday
evening and discussed the coordination of their activities in the
northeast Asia peace and security mechanism and the
denuclearization working group.
"We talked about the timing of the future working group and what
we might raise during the plenary (meeting) next Monday. It was
useful discussion." Hill added.
Hill said there would be more bilateral meetings Friday.
When asked to comment on China's response to the decision made
by the US State Treasury Department to bar US banks from dealing
with Macao-based Banco Delta Asia (BDA) which the US accused of
money laundering for North Korea, Hill said he sensed that China
was concerned about the effect on Macao's reputation as a banking
"Our concern is with the long-term management of the BDA, not
with the Macao monetary authorities," Hill said, adding that the US
and Macao cooperated well over the past 18 months.
"Frankly, we are supportive of Macao, and appreciate their
cooperation." Hill said.
Hill said he was "pretty confident we'll just get through this
fine. It's not going to be a problem."
When asked what has to be done to make everyone happy, Hill said
"we just need a little more consultation."
(Xinhua News Agency March 16, 2007)