Tuesday, April 22, 2008

U.S. officials enter North Korea for nuclear talks

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SEOUL (Reuters) - A team of U.S. officials led by a State Department nuclear envoy entered North Korea on Tuesday to discuss Pyongyang's declaration of its nuclear activities under a six-country disarmament deal and how to verify the disclosure.

U.S. diplomat Sung Kim said upon arriving in the South on Monday his team would will meet with North Korean nuclear experts and diplomats in the three days they remain in the country.

"We do want to have a very detailed discussion on all aspects of the declaration," Kim told reporters in the South.

Kim and his team entered the North through the heavily fortified border separating the two Koreas, officials said.

North Korea failed to disclose an inventory of its nuclear activities when it was due on December 31, slowing the implementation of a 2005 deal under which the North pledged to abandon all nuclear programs in return for aid and diplomatic recognition.

The so-called six-party agreement was hammered out among the two Koreas, the United States, Japan, Russia and China.


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