Experts optimistic about resumption of stalled six-party nuke talks
The recent resurgence of inter-Korean talks on several pending issues, has warmed up the chill that gripped the Korean peninsula earlier this year.
And with hints from Pyongyang that the reclusive state might be willing to re-engage in dialogue with regional neighbors, experts across the globe are bullish on the possible resumption of the stalled six-party nuclear talks.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday raised hopes that a political process leading to North Korea's denuclearization would unfold soon.
Lavrov pointed out that recent signals from the North show it is ready to follow through on the agreements made by the six-party members in 2005.
North Korea expert and former U.S. State Department official Joel Witt echoed that sentiment.
He says there has been a positive change in the North's priorities, adding that the communist state has barely mentioned anything about its nuclear power in recent public announcements.
North Korea had previously made very clear to the world that it was pushing for economic growth and an expansion of its nuclear program.
According to Witt, the change in policy to prioritize economic development was most evident in an announcement made by Pyongyang's National Defense Commission on June 16th.
Against such a backdrop, the U.S. expert stressed that it's important for Washington to open dialogue with the North now.
China, North Korea's long-time ally, has also expressed hope towards reopening the nuclear talks.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman officially announced this week that China's top nuclear envoy, Wu Dawei, exchanged views on a resumption of the denuclearization talks with his North Korean counterparts, during a visit to Pyongyang last week.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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