Six party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme have stalled after its chief negotiator and the Russian representative pulled out and headed for home. Their departure follows a row over cash. Since the start of the talks in Beijing, North Korea has refused to discuss last month’s deal to close its main nuclear reactor by mid-April.
It first wants to recover, as promised, over 18 million euros worth of its cash that had been frozen in a bank in Macau. Pyongyang returned to the negotiating table shortly after conducting its first nuclear test. Despite today’s deadlock, South Korea has announced it is resuming aid to its northern neighbour, citing progress in disarmament talks.