North Korea nuclear talks very positive

2011-10-25 19:48

Geneva - Talks in Geneva between the United States and North Korea aimed at reviving long-stalled nuclear negotiations have been "very positive", Washington's outgoing lead envoy Stephen Bosworth said on Tuesday.

"We had some very positive and generally constructive talks with the DPRK delegation. We narrowed differences on several points and explored differences on other points," he told reporters after the two days of talks.

Bosworth acknowledged that the parties would need "more time and discussion to reach an agreement" and that the delegations would stay in touch through North Korea's mission in New York.

But he gave a positive outlook for progress.

"I am confident that with continued efforts on both sides we can reach a reasonable basis of departure for formal negotiations for the return of the six party process," he added.

Together with his successor Glyn Davies, Bosworth held two days of talks with North Korea's delegation led by the foreign ministry's first vice minister Kim Kye-Gwan in a bid to revive long-stalled nuclear negotiations.

Pyongyang formally quit the six-party negotiations in April 2009, a month before staging its second atomic weapons test. It has since repeatedly said it wants to come back to the table, but Washington is demanding a physical sign of sincerity first.