Koreas Hold 'Constructive' Nuke Talks

Set sights on resuming six-party meetings
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2011 8:46 AM CDT
North Korea, South Korea Hold 'Constructive, Useful' Talks
North Korea's top nuclear negotiatior Ri Yong Ho talks to media after his meeting with his South Korean counterpart Wi Sung-lac in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Friday, July 22, 2011.   (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Top officials from North and South Korea today met in what was the countries' first high-level meeting since 2008, holding productive nuclear talks in Indonesia, Reuters reports. “I had very constructive and useful conversations with my counterpart,” said South Korea's nuclear envoy. “We agreed to continue to make joint efforts in the process of negotiations for denuclearization” and “to make joint efforts to set conditions to resume the six-party talks as soon as possible.”

The six-party talks, which include the US, China, Japan, and Russia, were last held in 2008; a North Korean official offered a similar statement, confirming that the two countries are aiming to “resume” them “as soon as possible.” A US official called it the “most consequential” meeting of North and South in a long time. South Korea, the US, and China want to meet before the six-way talks get underway again, Reuters notes. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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