A senior US official, who is specialized in Korean affairs, had
preliminary talks with officials of North Korea over a full
declaration of the latter's nuclear program, the State Department
Sung Kim, the director of the State Department's Office of
Korean Affairs, "has had some preliminary meetings with officials
at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of North Korea," State
Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.
"He expects to have some more tomorrow," McCormack added without
Kim is expected to return home on February 3.
Kim's visit to North Korea occurs at a time when the United
States has kept complaining that North Korea failed to announce "a
complete and correct declaration" of its nuclear programs.
Under an agreement reached in October 2007 at the six-party
talks, North Korea agreed to disable its key nuclear facilities at
the Yongbyon complex, and to declare all other nuclear programs by
the end of the year.
North Korea has denied that it had missed the deadline to submit
that declaration, saying "other participating nations delay the
fulfillment of their commitments,North Korea is compelled to adjust
the tempo of the disablement of some nuclear facilities on the
principle of 'action for action'."
(Xinhua News Agency February 1, 2008)