US, North Korean diplomats attend meetings in Beijing

AP News
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 11:52 PM
US, North Korean diplomats attend meetings in Beijing

BEIJING (AP) — Diplomats from the U.S. and North Korea are attending a six-nation security forum in Beijing in a rare opportunity for contact between the sides.

Despite their joint attendance at Wednesday's event, the U.S. State Department has said there were no plans for direct talks between the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy Sung Kim, and North Korea's deputy director general of its Foreign Ministry's Department of U.S. Affairs, Choe Son Hui.

The conference is described as a multilateral forum involving high-level policymakers, defense ministry officials, military officers, and researchers from China, Japan, North and South Korea, Russia, and the United States.

The nations taking part had participated in years of talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament that have been stalled since 2008, with little apparent prospect of a resumption.