Accord elusive at North Korea nuclear talks

Talking about no deal is better than not talking.  Hopefully, the details of NKs demands will be made available. 

Accord elusive at North Korea nuclear talks | Top News |
BEIJING (Reuters) – Talks aimed at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons program failed to reach agreement on Sunday, stalled on Pyongyang’s demands for energy compensation and leaving one more day for negotiators to scramble for a deal.

Envoys from North and South Korea, the United States, Russia, Japan and host China have agreed on most of a plan that would oblige Pyongyang to close nuclear facilities in return for economic and security assurances.

But the initially promising session has faltered over North Korea’s demand for a huge infusion of energy aid, which has left other countries suspicious that Pyongyang may then be unwilling to fully scrap its nuclear arms capabilities.

“We’re not looking to provide energy assistance so that they could avoid taking the further steps on denuclearization,” the chief U.S. envoy, Christopher Hill, told reporters late on Sunday. “I think we have a real problem if we can’t reach an agreement on this.”Negotiators will now have Monday to seek a deal. None sounded hopeful.


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