U.S. and North Korean officials may meet for a third round of high-level talks this month to discuss conditions for the resumption of six-party nuclear disarmament talks. They have apparently been in contact through North Korea's UN mission in New York and narrowed differences about the prerequisites for the third round.
A government official said, "To my knowledge, Washington and Pyongyang have agreed in principle to the North halting its uranium enrichment program, which is a key step in the process of denuclearization, and admitting IAEA inspectors, while the U.S. provides assistance in return."
Glyn Davies, the U.S. envoy to the six party talks, on Monday hinted that the talks may resume soon. "We may have a chance in a coming period relatively soon to test their proposition that North Korea is ready to do the right thing... so that we can begin to contemplate an eventual return to the six-party talks," Davies told reporters in Tokyo.
Davies went to Beijing on Tuesday, as did Ri Kun, the head of North American affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry. A high-ranking government official said Ri "must have gone to Beijing for a special reason," suggesting he may have met secretly with Davies.