South Korean chief negotiator Chun Yung-woo said on Thursday
that North Korea this time demonstrated "a practical and realistic
approach" in the six-party talks on the Korean peninsula nuclear
If North Korea could stay in this "pragmatic" way, which was a
significance in Wednesday's negotiation, it would be helpful for
setting a specific action plan, said Chun while leaving his hotel
for Thursday's six-party talks delegation head meeting in
Chun said the six nations did not diverge largely on the
"declaration scope" of North Korea's nuclear facilities, and that
North Korea should declare all of its nuclear programs.
The declaration could be meaningful only on a precondition of
being "precise" and "complete," he said.
As to the timetable for the declaration and disablement of the
facilities, Chun said it's hard to say an agreement could be
reached within the day.
He said Thursday's negotiation was probably unable to set a
schedule for a foreign ministers meeting of the six nations and
they would further discuss the issue in the two-day meeting.
He said even if they could not settle on a specific date, an
approximate date might be decided before the end of the day.
Chun said South Korea and China would hold bilateral talks later
before the second day's delegation head meeting, and that China
will hold a banquet for the other five parties.
The six-party talks involve China, South and North Korea, the
US, Russia and Japan.
(Xinhua News Agency July 19, 2007)