The former head of the US delegation to the six-party nuclear talks says diplomatic efforts to denuclearize North Korea must continue, especially with instabilities being detected within the Kim Jong-il regime.
Speaking at an independent think tank in Seoul on Friday, Christopher Hill, who also served as the US ambassador to Korea, pointed out that while the multilateral negotiations have failed to denuclearize Pyeongyang, the world can not afford to neglect a North Korea that has nuclear weapons.
Stressing the need for Seoul and Washington to closely consult with Beijing concerning the future of the regime in Pyeongyang, Hill added that the US and Chinese presidents will likely try to find ways to move forward on the nuclear issue next week.
Here's what Hill said about the significance of resuming the six-party talks.
[Interview : Christopher Hill, Former head of US six-party talks delegation] ""There are many options for dealing with the North Korean nuclear challenge. But we do not have the option of walking away. This is indeed a very serious matter and it cannot be allowed to stand."