WASHINGTON (July 28, 2011) — The U.S. State Department Office of the Spokesperson announced last week that Official Meetings with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) were held.
Special Representative for North Korea Policy Stephen Bosworth and a U.S. interagency delegation met July 28 with First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-Gwan and the DPRK delegation at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York. They reported discussions to be serious and business-like.
The meetings were considered exploratory to determine if North Korea is prepared to fulfill its commitments under the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks and its international obligations, as well as to take concrete and irreversible steps toward denuclearization.
Following the first round of denuclearization talks between the nuclear negotiators of the Republic of Korea and the DPRK, the United States invited Vice Foreign Minister Kim to New York. The U.S. interagency delegation, led by Special Representative for North Korea Policy Stephen Bosworth, and the DPRK delegation concluded their two-day discussions July 29.
The United States reiterated that the path is open to North Korea towards the resumption of talks, improved relations with the United States, and greater regional stability if North Korea demonstrates through actions that it supports the resumption of the Six-Party process as a committed and constructive partner.
Before deciding on next steps to resume the process, the United States will consult closely with the Republic of Korea and other partners in the Six-Party Talks.