BEIJING - North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator has said he was ready to
rejoin six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program at "any time," South
Korea's Yonhap news agency reported from Beijing.
"We are ready to boldly
participate in the talks at any time, as we have taken all the defensive
measures through the nuclear test," Kim Kye-Gwan was quoted as saying.
North Korea's chief nuclear
negotiator, Kim Kye-Gwan, has said he was ready to rejoin six-nation talks
on Pyongyang's nuclear program at "any time," South Korea's Yonhap news
agency reported from Beijing.[AFP]
Kim said he arrived at the "kind invitation" of US Assistant Secretary of
State Christopher Hill, his counterpart in the negotiations which have been
stalled for the past year.
"There are a lot of issues between North Korea and the United States," he
said, adding that he would try to narrow the differences.
Hill is already in Beijing, along with the South Korean and Japanese lead
delegates, to try to set a date for a resumption of the talks after Pyongyang
stunned the world with its first ever nuclear weapons test on October 9.
The US State Department said Monday that Hill could meet Kim in Beijing.
The two diplomats met late last month at a meeting brokered by Chinese Vice
Foreign Minister Wu Dawei and agreed to resume the six-party talks.
The setting, which groups the two Koreas, China, Russia,
the United States and Japan, was launched in 2003 to persuade North Korea to
abandon its nuclear ambitions in return for energy and economic benefits and
Discussions broke down a year ago when Pyongyang walked out in protest at US
financial curbs on its overseas bank accounts.
The North said it would return to the forum on condition that the financial
sanctions were "discussed and settled" within the framework of the six-party
Hill said after arriving here Monday that he was hopeful
the fully-fledged negotiations would resume soon. "The issue for us is to make
sure we are extremely well planned for six-party talks, which we expect to get
going again very soon," he said.