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US nuclear envoy meets N Korean diplomat in Beijing

AFP , BEIJING

US nuclear envoy Christopher Hill met his North Korean counterpart yesterday, an official said, amid efforts to secure from Pyongyang an overdue submission of its atomic activities.

Hill had a meeting with Kim Kye-gwan yesterday morning followed by lunch, a US embassy spokeswoman said.

She gave no details of what the two discussed, but Hill said on Tuesday evening he expected to work out a timeframe for the submission of the declaration, and focus on how to complete phase two of a disarmament agreement.

Phase two refers to the disablement of nuclear facilities in North Korea, as part of a landmark deal reached last year with the US, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea.

“I think we’re going to talk about the issue of how we can complete phase two, what the elements are, putting together this declaration package, and how we might go on from there,” Hill told reporters on Tuesday evening.

He was due to meet his Japanese counterpart Akitaka Saiki for dinner last night, before briefing reporters on the day’s discussions.

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