Chief US negotiator to the six-party talks, Christopher Hill,
said on Sunday evening that all the delegations finished the
denuclearization working group meeting and everyone has positive
feel on that.
Hill said all the delegations will assess the work of all the
working groups in the sixth round of the six-party talks on
"All sides are very positive about (IAEA chief Mohamed)
ElBaradei's visit," said Hill.
There was a brief discussion on the HEU (highly enriched
uranium) during the plenary working group meeting, but there was
not any movement on the issue, Hill noted.
He said North Korea had started to prepare for the
denuclearization, but clearly it has a lot of work to do beyond the
North Korea needs to pick up pace and set up a timetable for its
work beyond the 60 days, Hill added.
Hill reiterated that the Banco Delta Asia (BDA) issue will not
be a problem and he will talk to Washington in the next couple of
hours and talk with US Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Daniel
Glaser later on Sunday night.
Glaser who arrived in Beijing Sunday afternoon will not attend
the six-party talks, he added.
According to Hill, North Korea will send representative to
Vienna to discuss with the IAEA on the schedule of shutting down
its nuclear facilities in Yongbyon.
(Xinhua News Agency March 19, 2007)