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US: No Issues Resolved In Berlin Talks With North Korea January 19, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–The U.S. State Department said Friday no issues were resolved during discussions this week in Berlin between U.S. and North Korean officials. The White House said talk of an agreement is “premature to say the least.”

“They didn’t resolve issues or negotiate in those talks,” deputy State Department spokesman Tom Casey said, alluding to the meetings between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill and North Korea’s main nuclear negotiator, Kim Kye Gwan.

The talks involved an exchange of information that was designed to “prepare the way for real negotiations” once the six-party talks resume, he said.

Casey added that the meetings allowed Hill to gain better sense of where the North Koreans currently stand on the future of its nuclear weapons program.

At the White House, deputy press secretary Dana Perino said: “I think it’s premature to say there is an agreement – premature to say the least. We do support the six-party talks. We do support the process.”

Progress on implementing a statement of principles signed by the six in September 2005 can only come when the parties next meet, Casey said.

North Korea said Friday, without providing details, that a “certain agreement” had been reached in Berlin.

The six-party talks involve both Koreas, the U.S., Japan, China and Russia.

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