Monday, March 01, 2004

North Korea on Sunday said it doubted further talks would help solve the dispute over its nuclear weapons programme, following the failure of last week's six-party talks in Beijing to break the stalemate.

The comments cast doubt on Saturday's agreement by the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the US to hold a third round of talks before July and establish a permanent working group to seek a peaceful settlement to the 16 month-old crisis.

And in a similar fashion to what I've been arguing for a while now, a Russian diplomat had this to say:
Alexander Losyukov, Russia's representative at the talks, was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying he thought the nuclear issue was unlikely to be resolved this year. "There are political factors involved here," he said. "Before [November's] US election the North Korean problem is unlikely to be solved."

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