The top US negotiator on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue will
visit Japan on Saturday to talk with his Japanese counterpart
before the six-party talks resume on Monday in Beijing,
Kyodo News reported late on Friday.
Christopher Hill, assistant secretary of state for East Asian
and Pacific affairs, will meet with Japanese Foreign Ministry Asian
and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Director General, Kenichiro Sasae, who
is likely to ask for support from the US on the issue of the
abduction of Japanese nationals by the Democratic People's Republic
of Korea (DPRK), Japanese Foreign Ministry officials said.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki reiterated
earlier in the day that Japan will raise the abduction issue at the
Launched in 2003, the six-party talks are aimed at finding a
solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. However, The
six-party talks have remained stalled since the DPRK walked out of
the negotiations with the United States, South Korea, China, Japan
and Russia more than a year ago.
In late November, chief negotiators of the DPRK, the United
States, South Korea and Japan convened in Beijing and laid the
groundwork for the resumption of the talks.
(Xinhua News Agency December 16, 2006)