According to a South Korean source, North Korean nuclear negotiator, Kim Kye Gwan is planning to meet with United States lead nuclear negotiator Sung Kim in February or March, although State Department spokesman Darby Holladay said he was unaware of any meetings. This may be an unofficial sign that North Korea is willing to return to bi-lateral or six-party talks in the near future. Despite this turn towards potential cooperation, Pyongyang has stated that they would not abandon their nuclear program before coming to the table.
SEOUL, South Korea — A top North Korean nuclear envoy could visit the United States soon for bilateral talks, a news report said Friday, amid diplomatic efforts to jump-start stalled talks on ending Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
North Korean envoy Kim Kye Gwan plans to attend a seminar in San Francisco before heading to New York to meet with Washington’s lead nuclear negotiator Sung Kim either late this month or next month, the South Korean cable news network YTN reported, citing an unidentified source in Beijing.
Kim visited Beijing last week for talks with his Chinese counterpart on resuming the disarmament talks that also involve South Korea, Russia and Japan.