Only Details Left in North Korea Disarmament

Delegates head home to talk 'nuts and bolts' with their governments
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2007 2:47 PM CDT
Only Details Left in North Korea Disarmament
Envoys from six nations from left, Russia's Alexander Losyukov, South Korea's Chun Yung-woo, North Korea's Kim Gye Gwan, China's Wu Dawei, Christopher Hill of the U.S. and Japan's Kenichiro Sasae, clasp their hands together while posing for a group photo, after Wu gave a press statement regarding talks...   (Associated Press)

North Korea’s nuclear disarmament seems near at hand. Delegates from six-party negotiations returned home today to walk their governments through the plan's “nuts and bolts.” The talks fleshed out Korea’s February pledge to disarm for fuel aid. “Assuming we go forward with this, it lays out an entire roadmap through the end of the year,” said the US envoy.

The envoys hope to release a detailed joint statement in two days, Reuters reports. Already President Bush has authorized $25 million in aid, and China and South Korea have made initial fuel shipments. Russia is expected to follow. But Japan will not participate, it seems, unless North Korea makes amends for the abduction of several Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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