US envoy hopes to have time frame for N. Korean nuclear disablement

September 28, 2007 02:59

Negotiators were expected to discuss a draft statement Friday detailing plans to disable North Korea's nuclear program in the latest round of six-country disarmament talks in the Chinese capital, a US envoy said. US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said Thursday that negotiators agreed that they would stick to a year-end target for the disablement of the North's nuclear program, pushing along talks that have dragged on for more than four years. Hill, speaking after a day of meetings at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, told reporters the draft statement would "be a road map for the rest of this calendar year." "Of course, the key for us would be the disablement step that would be agreed and then declaration," he said.

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