US, Japan, S Korea set conditions for N Korea talks: Report

The United States, South Korea and Japan have set five conditions North Korea must meet before they resume stalled six-way talks that also include China and Russia, a news report said.

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 21:13 PM IST

Tokyo: The United States, South Korea and
Japan have set five conditions North Korea must meet before
they resume stalled six-way talks that also include China and
Russia, a news report said on Thursday.

Japan`s English-language Asahi Shimbun reported that
Washington, Tokyo and Seoul want Pyongyang to fulfill its 2005
pledge to abandon its nuclear programme; to stop its uranium
enrichment programme; and to accept inspectors from the UN
International Atomic Energy Agency.

It said the other two conditions had not been disclosed.
Without naming sources, the Asahi said the terms were
agreed when the US, Japanese and South Korean foreign
ministers met in Washington this month following North Korea`s
deadly artillery strike on the South.

China, the host of the six-party talks, and Russia had
been informed of the five conditions, according to the
newspaper.

The report also said that China`s state councilor Dai
Bingguo had brought up the conditions when he met North Korean
leader Kim Jong-Il on December 9.

North Korea abandoned the six-nation aid-for-disarmament
talks and staged a second atomic weapons test in 2009.

Tensions flared again last month when the North
disclosed a new uranium enrichment programme and then shelled
a South Korean island on November 23, killing four people.
Beijing has been under renewed pressure to rein in its
ally Pyongyang.

The United States, South Korea and Japan gave the cold
shoulder to a Chinese proposal for emergency six-way
negotiations, saying North Korea must first demonstrate its
commitment to change.

US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg was likely
to discuss the five conditions in meetings with Chinese
officials this week, the Asahi said.

PTI