Efforts must continue on
North Korea nuclear issue: Ban Ki-moon
York, Dec 13 (DPA) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday
called for efforts to verify the denuclearisation of the Korean
peninsula, despite another impasse in the negotiations this
six-party talks in Beijing ended Thursday with North Korea
apparently rejecting a compromise proposal on procedures to
verify disablement of its disputed nuclear programme.
parties involved in the talks are China, the US, Russia, Japan
and the two Koreas.
said in a statement that there had been serious talks in Beijing,
but differences remained, including terms of verification
of North Korea's nuclear status.
said he "strongly supports the goal of verifiable denuclearisation
of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner."
this regard, I appreciate that the parties have reaffirmed
this goal and unanimously agreed to advance the six-party
talks," he said.
called on the parties to overcome their remaining differences
and complete the implementation of the second-phase actions
in the near future. He said he stands ready to assist in any
way possible to help toward this end.
heavy fuel oil shipments to North Korea have been cut off
as Pyongyang has refused to sign onto a process for ensuring
that it is complying with the agreement to dismantle its nuclear
weapons programme, the US State Department has said.
is an action-for-action process, and certainly the United
States - and I think this is the understanding of other parties
- is that future fuel shipments aren't going to move forward
absent a verification regime," spokesman Sean McCormack
Korea in 2007 agreed to give up its nuclear weapons programme
in exchange for economic and energy aid from the five other
countries and improved diplomatic ties with Washington.
US in August removed North Korea from its state sponsors of
terrorism blacklist after Pyongyang disclosed the extent of
its nuclear activities. The five other countries in the six-nation
talks also want to establish a process for ensuring that North
Korea provides a truthful declaration.
chief US envoy, Christopher Hill, has returned to Washington.
The impasse is a setback for President George W. Bush, who
has been trying to secure a deal with North Korea before he
leaves office next month.
said the five countries would continue consultations and there
still remained a chance to come to an arrangement.
the opportunity for North Korea to sign on to this verification
protocol. That still exists. We'll see. The ball is in their
court," McCormack said.