North Korean foreign minister meets Russian nuclear envoy
Updated: 2005-11-07 11:15
North Korea's foreign minister met Russia's chief envoy to international
negotiations on the standoff over the North's nuclear programs, the North's
official media said Monday.
The meeting on Sunday between Paek Nam Sun and Russian Deputy Foreign
Minister Alexander Alekseyev came before a new round of six-nation talks are to
begin in Beijing on Wednesday to try to resolve the three-year standoff.
Alekseyev's delegation, which arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday, paid a
courtesy call on Paek and held talks, the North's official Korean Central News
Agency said in a brief dispatch. It gave no other details.
This week's nuclear talks _ the fifth since 2003 _ are expected to focus on
the implementation of a breakthrough accord reached in September in which North
Korea agreed to abandon its nuclear programs in exchange for security
guarantees, energy aid and diplomatic recognition.
The North has since insisted that it also be provided with a nuclear reactor
for generating electricity, which other countries have