US Envoy Hopes to Make Up for Lost Time in N. Korean Nuclear Process
Christopher Hill, Washington's chief envoy to the North Korean nuclear negotiations, says steps toward ending Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programs should be speeded up to compensate for lost time.


By Kurt Achin, VOA Seoul
Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2007

  
e-mail E-mail this page
print Printer-friendly page
 

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill says he expects North Korea to live up to a promise to start dismantling its nuclear programs within weeks, rather than months.

The North Koreans promised at six-nation talks in February to shut their main nuclear reactor in Yongbyon by mid-April. But millions of dollars due to be returned to Pyongyang as part of the deal were held up due to banking technicalities.

Now that the banking issue has been resolved, Hill is pressing the North Koreans to begin implementing their side of the deal immediately. He says a new round of six-party talks before the shutdown begins is neither likely nor necessary.

"Because the shutdown of the facilities is something we've already talked about a lot, and we don't want to have another meeting to talk about that. We all agree on what needs to happen," said Hill.

After months of agonizing delays, North Korea announced Saturday that resolution of the banking issues was in its final stages. It said it had invited inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear agency, to return the country to prepare the shutdown.

IAEA officials say their delegates will spend next week negotiating a set of procedures for shutting down the reactor, then seek approval for the plan at agency headquarters in Vienna.

A second visit by nuclear inspectors would then be scheduled quickly, for the purpose of carrying out the shutdown.

Hill was in Seoul Tuesday for talks with South Korean officials. Before departing for Tokyo, he said that he hoped to see "a considerably improved position" in the disarmament process "by the end of the calendar year."


Latest articles in Nuclear & Missile News

UN Inspectors to Visit North Korean Nuclear ReactorUN Inspectors to Visit North Korean Nuclear Reactor
Jun. 28, 2007 By VOA News
United Nations inspectors are expected to visit the main reactor of North Korea's controversial nuclear weapons program Thursday.

UN Inspectors 'Satisfied' with Visit to North Korean Nuclear ReactorUN Inspectors 'Satisfied' with Visit to North Korean Nuclear Reactor
Jun. 29, 2007 By VOA News
United Nations inspectors say they are satisfied with their visit to a North Korean nuclear reactor that the communist nation has pledged to shut down in exchange for aid.

US Envoy Says North Korea Will 'Promptly' Shut Down Nuclear FacilityUS Envoy Says North Korea Will 'Promptly' Shut Down Nuclear Facility
Jun. 22, 2007 By Kurt Achin, VOA Seoul
Washington's chief negotiator in efforts to end North Korea's nuclear weapons programs is briefing diplomats in South Korea after an unannounced visit to Pyongyang. He says leaders there have reassured him they want to follow through on their promises to start disabling those programs.
 


Privacy policy | Terms and Conditions | Contact Us
Copyright © 1996-2006 The Mercenary Missileer | Powered by Crew Members.
powered by Big Mediumi