Wednesday, January 05, 2011

U.S. envoy voices hope for "serious negotiations" with North Korea

Stephen Bosworth, U.S. envoy on North Korea (DPRK), said he hopes "serious" talks over Pyongyang's nuclear program will soon begin.

"We look forward to being able to launch those at a reasonably early time," the envoy, who arrived in Seoul Tuesday afternoon, told reporters at the Incheon International Airport.

He is seeking to "consult and coordinate positions" of the countries involved in the stalled six-party talks aimed at dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear program, the envoy said, adding he is expecting "more listening than talking." He will also visit China and Japan on this trip.

The envoy's trip is expected to lay foundations for the upcoming meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington later this month.

The flurry of diplomatic activities come after Pyongyang, which once declared the six-party talks dead, expressed its will to return to the negotiating table while claiming it has developed a new, highly sophisticated uranium enrichment facility.

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