Funds reach N.Korean account
Updated: 2007-06-19 20:07
TOKYO - The chief US envoy to North Korean nuclear talks called Tuesday for
rapid progress in shutting down Pyongyang's nuclear reactor, saying the country
already had received millions of dollars in disputed funds.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill talks to
the media after a meeting with South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Shin
Yoon-joe at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 19,
2007. A stalled process to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear programs could
resume within weeks now that a dispute over the transfer of North Korean
funds is over, Hill said Monday. [AP]
of persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear program was stalled for months
by a dispute over about $25 million in North Korean funds that were frozen in a
Macau bank backlisted by the United States.
Top US nuclear envoy Christopher Hill said the disputed funds had now reached
the North Koreans.
"My understanding is that today, it was deposited in a North Korean account
in Russia," Hill told reporters on his arrival in Tokyo.
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