Washington says no decisions have been made either on the six party talks or on food aid for North Koreathough the progress was made on both fronts.
The U.S. state department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland said during a press briefing on Monday, that Washington and Pyeongyang made modest progress on the nuclear issue during the two-day bilateral talks in Beijing and seperated out the issue of food aid.
[Interview : Victoria Nuland, Spokesperson
U.S. Department of State
] "My understanding is that the conversations on this subject are becoming more substantive and more constructive, but we're not yet at a point of being able to make decisions."
North Korea frequently raises the issue of nutritional assistance, but the U.S. says there is no deal to be had here since it considers food aid a humanitarian issue not a political negotiating point.
However, Washington said food aid was discussed during the talks specifically the level of need and how aid delivery could be monitoredshould the two countries come to some sort of agreement.
The U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, Glyn Davies, returns to Washington this week, and he is expected to brief the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the talks and subsequent meetings with representatives from South Korea, China and Japan.
Kim Han-ul, Arirang News.