South Korea's top nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac said Friday that Seoul and Washington have agreed to work together to create an environment where the stalled six-party nuclear talks can be resumed.
After meeting with his US counterparts, including Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and Special Representative for North Korea Policy Stephen Bosworth Wi told reporters that the two countries would maintain a two-track approach which combines dialogue and sanctions.
[Interview : Wi Sung-lac, S.Korean Chief Nuclear Envoy] "We will continue with the two-track approach and will each make an effort to resume talks."
However, Wi called it premature to return to the six-party negotiations at this point urging North Korea to change its attitude on the denuclearization process and to apologize for the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan.
Both Seoul and Washington hold the reclusive regime responsible for the torpedo attack that killed 46 South Korean sailors but Pyeongyang denies its involvement in the incident.
Meanwhile, an official from the Korean government said on Saturday that Sung Kim, US Special envoy to the six-party talks, will also visit Seoul this coming Wednesday.
Kim is to attend a security forum hosted by the Unification Ministry and to meet with his counterparts to further discuss the six-party talks as well as the recent US sanctions on the North.
Choi Won-young, Arirang News.