Six-nation talks on energy aid for North Korea open

North Korea said Monday it is sincerely living up to its nuclear disarmament pledges and expressed hope that the United States and other regional powers will follow through with promised aid, a South Korean official said. Negotiators from the two Koreas, the US, China, Russia and Japan began two days of meetings in the Korean border village of Panmunjom to map out details of a disarmament-for-aid deal. "The North's basic position was that it was to begin disarmament procedures from Nov. 1 and that it has been sincerely responding to second-stage denuclearization measures such as the disablement and declaration" of its nuclear facilities, said Lim Sung-nam, the chief South Korean delegate at the meeting.