US Negotiator Says North Korean Delays on Nuke Talks Will Not Produce Better Deal
A top U.S. diplomat has expressed frustration with North Korea's refusal to resume six-party talks about its nuclear program, saying the delay will not produce a better deal for Pyongyang.
North Korea agreed in September to give up its nuclear program in exchange for aid and security guarantees, but then negotiators met in November and failed to make any progress on the deal. Pyongyang insists the United States first lift sanctions against it.
Speaking in Singapore today (Monday), U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said waiting two or three years will not result in better deal. Hill said the five negotiating countries (Russia, China, U.S., South Korea, Japan) are ready to resume talks now, and North Korea's stalling only further damages its economy.