South Korea's top nuclear envoy says North Korea reacted coolly to Seoul's proposal for an aid-for-weapons deal.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, that Wi Sung-lac, the chief South Korean nuclear negotiator, told reporters that North Korean officials "were not generally positive" about giving up its nuclear program for financial aid.
Wi said he considered his meeting with Ri Yong-ho , his North Korean counterpart, in Bali, Indonesia, as a first step to bringing Pyeongyang back to the six-party nuclear talks.
He added that the meetings between North Korean and US officials in New York this past week are the second step.
The South Korean diplomat added although denuclearizing the North will be a difficult task, he would not give up hope.