The U.S. envoy to six nation talks on disarming nuclear North Korea has
said they reached agreement on the principles for verifying Pyongyang's
denuclarization. However, the envoy, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
Christopher Hill, says negotiators still have a lot of work ahead of
them. Daniel Schearf reports from Beijing.
After a long first day of resumed negotiations with North Korea, the U.S. envoy told journalists the six sides had an agreement on the mechanism for determining whether or not Pyongyang is hiding any nuclear facilities or materials, but only on principles.
said they agreed that verification needs to include inspectors visiting
nuclear sites, receiving documents, and interviewing North Korean
nuclear staff. But, he said they agreed on few more details.
key thing will be tomorrow when the denuclearization working group
meets to actually work out the actual protocol. So, they have a lot of
work ahead of them," said Christopher Hill. "So, I hope they're getting
a good night's sleep, better than we're getting here at midnight."
said most of the six delegates, which also include China, South Korea,
Japan, and Russia, held bilateral meetings before the heads of
delegations met Thursday afternoon and into the evening.
on Friday the six parties would also discuss energy and aid to North
Korea and he hoped they would also discuss the third and final phase of
the agreed denuclearization that would see North Korea give up all its
The six parties are still working through the
second phase where North Korea is to declare all its nuclear materials
and disable its nuclear facilities in return for aid and political
Pyongyang began destroying its main nuclear reactor
and handed in its nuclear materials list last month, but there are
suspicions the declaration is not accurate.
Washington have long held that North Korea has had a secret uranium
enrichment program in addition to the plutonium program that was used
to produce several nuclear weapons.
Hill said there was some discussion about the declaration and the heads of delegations gave opinions about the degree of its completeness, but he said he was not ready to discuss those details with the media.