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U.S., N.K. to resume missile talks

Posted September. 27, 2000 20:23,   


The United States and North Korea will resume bilateral talks to discuss the North Korean missile program and other issues of mutual concern on Wednesday at the U. N. Headquarters in New York.

At the meeting, to be held two months after the previous talks in July, the two sides are set to deal with all pending issues in a package deal, involving the North's nuclear and missile development programs, the exclusion of Pyongyang from the list of terrorism-sponsoring nations and the U. S. provision of fuel oil to the North, a dialogue formula different from the past.

The delegations of the two countries, led by North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye-Gwan and Charles Kartman, U. S. special envoy on Korean affairs, respectively, are scheduled to hold talks for three days from Sept. 27 through Sept. 29. But their talks will be extended depending on the progress of the negotiations. Prior to the formal talks, the two sides had informal contacts and discussed the agenda of the main talks.