N. Korean nuclear envoy arrives for Beijing talks

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July 17, 2007 05:27

North Korea's top nuclear envoy arrived Tuesday in Beijing for another round of talks on disarming Pyongyang's nuclear program, a day after the UN confirmed the communist country had shut down its sole functioning nuclear reactor. Kim Kye Gwan did not say anything at the Beijing airport, but he told broadcaster APTN on leaving Pyongyang that "there should be discussion on how to define the targets of the second phase, the obligations for each party, and also the sequence of the actions." North Korea pledged in an international accord in February to shut the reactor at Yongbyon and dismantle its nuclear programs in return for 1 million tons of oil and political concessions. However, it stalled for several months because of a separate, now-resolved dispute with the US over frozen bank funds.


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