Envoys from six nations involved in negotiations on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are taking a three-week break after failing to reach a deal. After nearly two weeks of talks the parties were unable to come up with a joint agreement on the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear programmes. China’s chief negotiator Wu Dawei said all the parties believed they could resolve the issues and that though he could not say when, he felt a deal could be reached. The US claims all the parties accept Pyongyang had agreed on a framework. US Assistant Secretary of State, Christopher Hill said it was not time for concessions:
“I think the major assurance is that this is a very, very good deal for North Korea. And the deal that’s on the table is something the DPRK really needs to think about, because it is really something that could lead to a much better future for that country.” One of the main outstanding issues is North Korea’s demand to keep a peaceful nuclear energy programme, which the US says is unacceptable. Pyongyang’s envoy Kim Kye Gwan insisted the US should create the right conditions for North Korea to disarm and guarantee it would not attack his nation with nuclear weapons. The US, China, Japan, Russia, North and South Korea are involved in the talks. The envoys will now consult their governments to try and come up with ways to break the deadlock.