January 24, 2007

A FREEZE FOR THE FREEZING?:

N.Korea Shows Flexibility on Nuclear Talks: Seoul (Reuters, 1/24/07)

North Korea appears more open to U.S. and South Korean incentives to scrap its nuclear weapons program, Seoul said on Wednesday, providing further hope for progress in talks on the communist state's atomic ambitions.

North Korea's chief envoy to the six-country negotiations hinted on Tuesday there could be a change to his country's demand for an end to a U.S. crackdown on its finances before returning to the talks.

``South Korea and the United States have put forward, through close consultations, an aggressive proposal for the implementation of the September 19 joint statement,'' South Korean Foreign Minister Song Min-soon told reporters. [...]

North Korea has agreed to freeze its nuclear reactor and accept inspectors in return for energy aid, according to South Korean news reports, but officials have declined to confirm the details of any proposal made to the North.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2007 8:14 AM
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