US-North Korea Nuke Talks Return 'Bit of Progress'

But no breakthroughs, says US negotiator Glyn Davies
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2012 7:26 AM CST
US-North Korea Nuke Talks Return 'Bit of Progress'
US special envoy on North Korea Glyn Davies (L) speaks to the media after the second day of bilateral talks with North Korea in Beijing today.   (Getty Images)

The US and North Korea came to the table to talk about nukes, and the negotiations ended today with a "little bit of progress," said the chief US negotiator. The two-day meeting in Beijing was the first official contact between the two countries since the death of Kim Jong Il in December, reports the Washington Post. So what's the new North Korea like? So far, not too different. US negotiator Glyn Davies said there has been "nothing stylistically or substantially different" about the country's policies under Kim Jong Un.

During the meeting, the US made a point of bringing up Burma, which has recently opened slightly after decades of repression, telling the North that the United States could be much more open with aid and other issues if Pyongyang were to reform similarly. Despite the slow going, Davies expressed cautious optimism. “Diplomacy, sometimes, is a process that takes a while to work through,” he said. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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