Tuesday, June 07, 2005


CNN: US, N. Korea meet

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. and North Korean officials met Monday in New York, almost a month after the United States asked North Korea to return to six-way talks aimed at ending its nuclear program, the U.S. State Department said.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack confirmed the meeting, which took place at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in New York.

McCormack said lead U.S. envoy to North Korea, Joseph DeTrani, and Jim Foster, director of the State Department's Korea Office, attended the meeting for the U.S. side.

They met North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations, Pak Gil-Yon, and his deputy, Han Song Ryul.

The talks took place through what is commonly referred to as the "New York channel," where mid-level U.S. and North Korean officials meet on the sidelines of the United Nations, he said.

Full CNN story.

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