October 3, 2008

US Nuclear Envoy Says North Korea Talks “Substantive”

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Yonhap) - The chief US envoy on North Korea's nuclear disarmament talks said Friday [3 October] he had "substantive" talks with his North Korean counterparts during a visit to the communist country.

Assistant US Secretary of State Christopher Hill returned to Seoul earlier in the day after spending two days in the North's capital Pyongyang, where he met his North Korean counterpart, Kim Kye-gwan [Kim Kye Gwan], and other officials on a mission aimed at stopping the country from reviving its atomic weapons drive.

Hill declined to reveal details of his discussions in North Korea.

Hill's trip to North Korea, originally scheduled to end on Thursday, was extended by another day, prompting hopes for progress.

Originally published by Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 1112 3 Oct 08.

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