Posted February. 21, 2005 22:56,
It was reported on February 21 that South and North Korea discussed a plan to resolve the Norths nuclear program through diplomatic channel several times in New York after North Korea declared its possession of nuclear weapons on February 10.
Grand National Party member Won Hui-ryong claimed at the general meeting of the Committee on Unification, Foreign Affairs, and Trade, According to the reliable source, North Koreas U.N. Deputy Ambassador Han Song-ryul and South Koreas representative (relevant official) held talks about the Norths possession of nuclear arms and the resumption of the six-party talks.
Won told a reporter after the meeting that the Souths representative was an administrative minister to the U.S., Wi Sung-lak (working at the Korean embassy in Washington D.C.), and the Korean ambassador to the U.S., Han Seung-joo, said at the time that he couldnt attend the talks as U.S. continued its hostile policy towards North Korea, and that he sent a message to the South Korean representative in which he demanded the frame and contents of the talks be different from that of the six-party talks.
Won also added that the government looks to have concluded that the Norths declaration of its nuclear bombs was only for negotiation and that as two major officials in authority discussed the matter, there might have been more in-depth discussions.
As for the matter, Minister of Unification and Head of the National Security Council (NSC) Chung Dong-young was vague, saying, I cant answer as the matter is related to the information, but he didnt exclude the possibility of the matter.
It is said that the meeting in New York was held at the request of the North. A high-ranking government official who asked for anonymity said that the government is currently undergoing a through analysis of North Koreas intention and background to have requested contact with the South only several days after its mentioning of nuclear weapons and its absence from the six-party talks.
Meanwhile, on the request of North Koreas 500,000-ton fertilizer aid, Minister Chung stated that he wouldnt relate the fertilizer aid to the six-party talks and that the South Korean government has not decided anything specific, and that it would consult with the North Korean government at the negotiation table, if possible.