Transcript in the news of
June 22, 2007 (With some misspelled words)
The top of American nuclear negotiator Christopher
Hill says North Korea has prepared
to move quickly to close nuclear
its reactor at Yongbyon.
Speaking after the visit to Pyongyang, Mr. Hill says with
time and effort nuclear weapon could be eliminated. Mr. Hill was
the first senior official to visit North Korea in
almost five years.
At a news conference he reviewed
>> The talks were very detailed.
And I believe they were also very
useful and positive.
>> Ambassador Hill also had a
few words to say about what
could happen next.
>> The D.P.R.K., Indeed both of
us reaffirm our commitment to
the February agreement and to
the complete fulfillment of that
>> Our correspondent in Seoul,
Charles Scanlon, told me
Christopher Hill was actually
more upbeat than normal. He had been
very frustrated to wait for the diplomats over the last four months while
this whole process got bogged down in a financial wrangle over North Korean money
that was frozen by U.S. sanctions. So
clearly he is a little more positive this
time, but there is still a noted ambivalence there. He
said that he was void by the sense that de-nuclearizing
North Korea was possible, but he
was burdened by the thought how long and how difficult
and how painful the process it
is going to be. And he was
very short on details here. He said the North Korean
were prepared to shut down the facilities
but they hadn't gone any details about which facilities
or when. So a lot of things are awfully ironed out.
I don't think Christopher is
under any illusion as to how difficult the process still going to be.
>> One thing that periods to be
ironed out is the dispute over
Where are we at with that?
>> Well, I think that's pretty much resolved now. I
think we're getting to the final days of that one.
It's held up the process for two months. The latest reports from
Russia, which is they should
be on the way to North Korean banks any
Christopher Hill says he wants to get
beyond that issue.
He doesn't want to talk about
banks any more.
He wants to talk about
de-nuclearization. And the North Koreans
seem to agree with
They invited him and they seem
to have been prepared to discuss
substantial issues this time.
N Korea reactor 'shut in weeks'
North Korea has agreed to shut down its
Yongbyon nuclear reactor within three weeks, US nuclear envoy
Christopher Hill has said.
Mr Hill paid a surprise visit to North Korea for talks
Speaking on arrival at Tokyo airport, Mr Hill told reporters the
timeframe began as of Friday.
The envoy made a surprise two-day trip to North Korea earlier this
week for talks on its nuclear programme.
Pyongyang agreed in February to shut its reactor, but progress had
been held up in a dispute over frozen funds.
North Korea said the talks with Mr Hill had been "comprehensive and
productive", the official Korean Central News Agency reported.
The agency said the two sides agreed to resume six-party talks
involving North Korea, South Korea, the US, Russia, Japan and China, in
UN nuclear watchdog inspectors plan to visit North Korea next week
for the first time since they were forced out of the country in 2002.
Under the February deal, Pyongyang agreed to shut the reactor in
return for $25m, frozen for nearly two years, to be sent from a bank in
Macau to a North Korean account in Beijing.
After an initial delay, the transfer got under way with Russian
North Korea was also promised 50,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil, to be
supplied by the five other countries involved in the nuclear
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