US envoy says talks with North Korea 'very useful'

US envoy says talks with

December 10, 2009 05:26


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A senior US envoy said Thursday his talks with North Korea were "very useful," a report said, as he wrapped up a rare trip to the communist nation aimed at prodding it back to international nuclear negotiations. Envoy Stephen Bosworth made the remark at an airport in Pyongyang as he headed to South Korea after a three-day trip, according to China's Xinhua news agency. "It's a very useful meeting," he was quoted as saying. Still, it was unclear if the comment means there has been progress on his mission to win North Korea's commitment to return to the nuclear negotiations that Pyongyang walked away from earlier this year, angered by criticism of its nuclear and missile programs. A nuclear test soon followed. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said in a one-sentence dispatch that Bosworth's delegation left. In Washington, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said he has no information on how the talks went or whom the envoy met. "I think that there will be a lot more information flowing once he hits the ground in Seoul," he said.

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