The chief delegates to the Six Party talks will
end their present round of discussions on Friday with a statement saying the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will declare and disable its
nuclear facilities -- but no deadline, top U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill said
The envoys will meet China's Foreign Minister at 10:00 a.m. on Friday,
followed by a quick head delegates meeting, said Hill.
"We should be out of there by noon," Hill said.
He said the statement would lay out the sequence of events in the second
phase, the tasks of all five working groups, and a new round Six Party plenary
Although the negotiators had talked long on putting an overall deadline in,
the consensus "was kind of not very successful," Hill said.
"We should have working groups meet and have pretty clear ideas of how the
sequencing of fuel oil will go and how the declaration and disablement will go
before actually putting in the overall deadline," Hill said.
He still wanted the actions of the second phase to be taken by the end of
this December, "and I still think it's possible".
Hill said the working groups should make decisions.
"The working groups should give us menus and give some options that are
workable and then we need a real Six Party meeting to approve the sequencing of
events," Hill said.
The next round of talks would probably be held at the end of August, said
The atmosphere was "businesslike" with everyone "very focused on the tasks
"Of all the Six Party rounds I've gone through, this was the best one," Hill