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US & North Korea Held 'Serious And Substantial' Talks

United States and North Korea had “serious and substantial” talks in Beijing, according to US envoy Glyn T. Davis.

Talks between United States and North Korea commenced after the two had “serious and substantial” talks in Beijing, according to US envoy Glyn T. Davis.

This is the third talk between United States and North Korea since July last year in which United States asked the Korean country to dismantle its nuclear programme.

North Korea is among the eight countries to develop nuclear arms after successfully conducting second nuclear test in 2009.

The main agendas of the deal was to dismantle the North Korea’s nuclear weapons, shutting down uranium enrichment programme and easing tension with the neighboring country South Korea.

The talks

The negotiation talks taking place in Beijing is chaired by China and consist of other five nations including United States, North Korea, South Korea, Russia and Japan.

United States envoy Davis said they covered number of issues in the first day of talks and is hopeful that they will be able to find a way to move forward with North Korea to six nation talks.

Glyn T. Davis said, “My hope is that we can find a way to move forward with the North, because it's in everyone's interest to try to get onto the next phase, which will be six-party talks.”

Why Important talks?

The latest round of meetings between United States and North Korea are considered very crucial. This is because the communist country has just changed ruling hands after the death of leader Kim Jong II, his youngest son Kim Jong-un is ruling the state currently.

It is believed that the new leader will put North Korea into main stream; however it is not yet clear what directions they are heading to. Commencement to talks between United States and North Korea is considered a good sign, as the country has chosen to get back on the table.

US earlier offered 240,000 tons of food which included biscuits, high energy bars and fortified milk but North Koreans wanted 300,000 tons out of which they desired large portion in grain.

With the North Koreans obstructing efforts to monitor the assistance, American officials say they are against sending grain. The reason behind it is that grain can be easily transferred to the North Korean Army, which is the world’s largest on the per capita basis.