North Korea confirms progress in n-alks with US

April 24th, 2008 - 9:45 pm ICT by admin  

Pyongyang, April 24 (Xinhua) North Korea Thursday said it has made progress in the negotiations with a visiting US delegation over the declaration of its nuclear programmes. Sung Kim, head of the US team, told Xinhua that they had a detailed and productive discussion with the North Korean officials. The US team arrived here Tuesday.

“The negotiations proceeded in a sincere and constructive manner and progress was made there,” the official KCNA news agency quoted a spokesman for the foreign ministry as saying.

The US delegation, comprising officials of the State Department, White House as well as experts from the defence and energy departments, discussed with their North Korean counterparts on technical matters, including the contents of the nuclear declaration, he said.

Talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear activities had been stalled for months after Pyongyang missed a December deadline to give a declaration of its nuclear programmes as it promised to do.

Some progress over the declaration had been made since the US top nuclear negotiator Christopher Hill and his counterpart Kim Gye Gwan held talks April 8 in Singapore.

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