Fresh nuke talks bid to end nuclear impasse
After a flurry of behind-the-scenes diplomatic efforts during a month of recess, the Six-Party Talks aimed at ending the nuclear standoff in the Korean Peninsula will resume today in Beijing.
The six parties involved are China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), USA, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan
Alexander Alexeyev, head of the Russian delegation to the talks said when he arrived at the Beijing Capital International Airport yesterday that the Russian side would try its best, and hoped that all the other parties would make joint efforts.
The talks, originally scheduled to restart at the end of August, have been delayed by two weeks because of Pyongyang's protests against joint US-ROK military exercises and the US appointment of a special envoy on DPRK human rights conditions.
During the recess, US and DPRK officials met several times in New York.
The chief US negotiator Christopher Hill said yesterday in Seoul that Washington had used the one-month recess very constructively and productively.
"We are ready and we will see the mood of the DPRK delegates," Hill was
quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency in a meeting with ROK Unification
Minister Chung Dong-young.