Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



US Envoy Says He Hopes North Korea Talks Resume Very Soon

File photo of US envoy Christopher Hill and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei. Photo courtesy AFP.
by Robert J. Saiget
Beijing (AFP) Jan 21, 2007
US envoy Christopher Hill said Sunday he hoped six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program would resume "very soon" as he arrived here for consultations with his Chinese counterpart. Hill was to meet Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei at the end of a regional tour to brief his Asian negotiating partners on his rare one-on-one talks with North Korea's Kim Kye-Gwan in Berlin last week.

"I will ask him (Wu) about his thoughts on when they could schedule the next round of six-party talks because we would like to do that as soon as that is convenient for the Chinese government," Hill told journalists upon his arrival.

"We would like them very soon, but it will be up to him ... and of course he has to talk to the other participants."

Hill is scheduled to return to Washington early Monday.

In Japan on Saturday, Hill described the talks with Kim as "substantial" but declined to confirm a report that six-way negotiations would resume February 6.

"They were very concrete. We discussed some of the specific issues that we would need to negotiate in the six-party talks but in no way are those meetings in Berlin a substitute," Hill said.

The talks -- bringing together North and South Korea, the United States, China, Russia and Japan -- made little tangible progress in the last round in Beijing in December.

International concern has intensified since North Korea, one of the most isolated and impoverished countries in the world, tested a nuclear weapon in October.

The test led to UN sanctions and even condemnation from China, Pyongyang's lone major ally, but the regime has repeatedly insisted that the United States must lift financial sanctions against it for talks to proceed.

Hill voiced hope on Saturday that "the next session, whether it's a late January or an early February session, does achieve more progress."

He said that would mean implementing a September 2005 statement under which North Korea agreed in general terms to give up its nuclear program in exchange for aid and security guarantees.

North Korea walked out of the talks two months later to protest the US sanctions. It returned to the table only last month after testing its first nuclear bomb on October 9.

The last session saw no tangible progress, with an emboldened North Korea sticking to its demands that the United States stop blacklisting a Macau bank accused of laundering money on behalf of the impoverished state.

Hill said the US Treasury Department would resume talks in the coming two weeks with Pyongyang about Macau's Banco Delta Asia, which holds 24 million dollars in frozen North Korean funds.

He also said that China, the host of the full six-nation talks, was sounding out capitals for the date of the next session.

Hill played down North Korea's assertion that the Berlin negotiations had yielded "a certain agreement."

"I'm glad they have a positive assessment because we believe our discussions were very useful," Hill told reporters after talks at the Japanese foreign ministry on Saturday. The US envoy visited Seoul and Tokyo before heading to Beijing.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Military Space News at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com
Learn about laser weapon technology at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com

Iran Says Forces Ready For Any Threat
Tehran (AFP) Jan 20, 2007
Iran's top nuclear negotiator has declared that the nation's armed forces are ready to face any threat to its nuclear installations, local media reported Saturday, amid speculation Washington may be planning a military strike. "The Islamic republic's armed forces are completely ready to confront any probable threats by the enemies," Ali Larijani was quoted as saying Thursday after meeting top clerics in the religious center of Qom.







  • US Hawks Bolstered By China Weapons Test In Space
  • Gates Returns Home After Road Testing New Strategy
  • Citizen Bush
  • EU Boosts Its Security Efforts

  • US Envoy Says He Hopes North Korea Talks Resume Very Soon
  • Iran Says Forces Ready For Any Threat
  • Iranian Lawmakers Feared Social Upheaval From Sanctions
  • Ex-US Defense Chief Suggests Military Action Against North Korea

  • Javelin Joint Venture Earns Logistics Award For Supporting The Warfighter
  • Pakistan Chooses Raytheon's Proven Air Defense Missiles To Secure Borders
  • General Dynamics Awarded $425M For Missile Systems By Spanish Army
  • Raytheon Receives Contracts For Standard Missile-1 Support Services

  • US Requests Official Talks Over Czech Anti-Missile Installation
  • China Encourages World-Wide Ballistic Missile Proliferation By Its Actions Says ABM Lobby
  • Israel Facing Critical Decision On ABM Roadmap
  • F-15s May Air Launch PAC-3s

  • Time to test the Guardian Missile Defense System For Commercial Aircraft
  • Operational Testing And Evaluation Of Guardian Commercial Airline Anti-Missile System Begins
  • USGS Examines Environmental Impacts Of Aircraft De-Icers
  • China Gives Rare Glimpse Of Homegrown Jet Fighter

  • Athena Technologies Guidance and Navigation System Selected Watchkeeper UAV Program
  • Enhanced Fire Scout Makes Flight Debut
  • Israel Developing Massive New Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • Boeing Provides ScanEagle UAV to Australian Army

  • Et Tu Maliki
  • The Strategy Of Surge In Iraq
  • Arab Nations Gave The US Carte Blanche In Iraq
  • Looking Ahead In Iraq

  • New Details Of First Major Urban Battle Emerge
  • The Death Of US Air Power
  • Pentagon Report Warns Canadian Coins Bugged
  • Raytheon Wins Silent Knight Radar Development Contract

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement