US Reports Some Progress in North Korean Nuke Talks

But envoy says no 'major breakthrough' yet
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 2:54 PM CDT
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and top envoy for the talks on North Korea's nuclear disarmament Christopher Hill a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Wednesday, April 9, 2008.    (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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(Newser) – Six-country negotiations aimed at producing a formal disclosure of North Korea's nuclear activities have advanced, Reuters reports, but aren't close to being settled. "We've definitely made some progress," said US envoy Christopher Hill today. "We still have a lot of work ahead of us. I don't want to suggest there's been any major breakthrough."

The talks, which also include South Korea, Japan, China, and Russia, ultimately aim to implement a set of economic incentives for North Korea in exchange for partial disarmament, but have been halted pending a full description of its nuclear pursuits. "Obstacles are gradually being removed," China's rep said, "but to totally remove these obstacles will take some time."