July 11, 2008
South Korean Official Says Six Parties “Came Close” to Verification Compromise
Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap
BEIJING, July 11 (Yonhap) - North Korea and its dialogue partners here came close to a compromise Friday on how to check the authenticity of the secretive nation's recent account of its plutonium inventory, a South Korean official said.
"The related nations came close to an agreement on guidelines for a verification and monitoring mechanism at the meeting of heads of delegations," the official told reporters. "They appear ready to hold a denuclearization working-group meeting, for which the schedule has not been set yet."
He said the chief nuclear envoys from the six nations also began discussions on another topic - when and how to complete the slow- going energy aid for North Korea under a six-party deal signed last year.
Originally published by Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 0835 11 Jul 08.
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