China, U.S. Seen at Odds on Merits of Restarting North Korea Nuclear Talks
November 13, 2013
WASHINGTON — Multi-nation nuclear negotiations with North Korea may not start any time soon, as the United States and other participating countries do not appear to share China’s zeal for starting talks without any denuclearization commitment from Pyongyang, some analysts say.
In a bid to reinvigorate the nuclear talks process, senior Chinese negotiator Wu Dawei met last week in Washington with U.S. special envoy for North Korea Glyn Davies. Wu then told reporters he was “confident” participants in the six-party talks would figure out a way to resume the negotiations before traveling to North Korea.
Some analysts, though, believe Beijing is still not on the same page as Washington and Seoul on the terms of the talks’ resumption.
“Beijing seems to define ‘success’ as merely jump-starting six-way talks while Washington and Seoul define it as a ‘credible, authentic’ process that leads to North Korea’s denuclearization,” Duyeon Kim, a senior fellow focusing on East Asia at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, told Global Security Newswire.
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