The top U.S. negotiator on North Korea was to leave China on Sunday without meeting his North Korean counterpart, who he said was “not ready” for talks aimed at pushing forward a stalled nuclear disarmament plan.
Christopher Hill flew into the Chinese capital on Saturday, returning after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hinted at progress toward ending the impasse over disarming North Korea during talks in Beijing last week…
North Korea, which tested a nuclear device in October 2006, has shut down its Yongbyon reactor in accordance with the agreement struck at multilateral talks that group North and South Korea, the United States, Japan, Russia and host China.
See also Bloomberg’s report: U.S. Negotiator Hill in China for North Korea Talks, Kyodo Says