Wu: China, U.S. seeking path to reopen six party talks
China's top nuclear envoy Wu Dawei says he's confident the stalled multilateral dialogue on North Korea's nuclear issue will resume.
Speaking after talks with his U.S. counterpart Glyn Davies in Washington, Wu said he's in the process of making a path to the reopening of the six-party talks.
He also said Beijing and Washington are working hard to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.
China's efforts have raised hopes the six nations involved in the talks -- the two Koreas, China, the U.S., Japan and Russia -- will come together for the first time since late 2008.
But it won't be all smooth sailing as the U.S. and North Korea are sticking to their own preconditions for re-engaging in the talks.
Washington first wants to see clear and verifiable steps North Korea is denuclearizing.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the North to comply with international nuclear nonproliferation guidelines.
"And I will say that it is not words alone as we call on North Korea to comply with its international obligations. We need to move forward, we need to see how North Korea will respond."
The U.S. also says dismantling the North's nuclear program should be the core agenda of the talks.
Pyongyang is unwilling to make the first steps in denuclearizing before the talks resume, also demanding other political and economic issues be discussed.
Experts say North Korea is attempting to link the nuclear talks with other issues, such as the lifting of sanctions.
The outcome of the talks between Wu Dawei and Glyn Davies will be unveiled soon.
It remains to be seen if China can satisfy both the U.S. and North Korea as the single most important mediator between the two sides.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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