October 26, 2011 10:08
U.S.-North Korea talks in Geneva made some progress, but many issues remain to be resolved, according to the U.S. special representative for North Korea Stephen Bosworth.
Bosworth was speaking Tuesday after a second day of talks with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan. "I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic, but as I said we have made some progress, but we have issues still to resolve and we will work hard to do that."
The talks kicked off on Monday, three months after a first round in New York. The talks were "moving in the right direction" after narrowing some differences, Bosworth added.
Bosworth reportedly urged the North to make preparations for the resumption of six-party denuclearization talks, such as suspending its uranium enrichment program, admitting International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, declaring a moratorium on weapons of mass destruction like nuclear arms and missiles, and stopping provocations against South Korea.
Kim appeared flexible on some issues including the moratorium but held out on others like the uranium program, which the North insists is peaceful.
The two sides also reportedly discussed the need for humanitarian food aid to the North.
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