NORTH KOREAN ENVOY DEPARTS FROM BEIJING
Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's vice foreign minister and chief negotiator, arrives at the VIP arrival and departure terminal at the airport in Beijing, China, on Thursday, February 15, 2007. The two Koreas agreed to resume stalled high-level talks later this month, officials said on Thursday, in the first concrete sign of easing tensions on the divided peninsula after the North signed a breakthrough disarmament agreement. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)
North Korea will get 265,000 tons of nutritional aid in return for suspending nuclear tests and uranium enrichment, its official news agency reported.
A U.S. envoy said Saturday his talks with North Korean officials signaled a good start for resuming stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations.
North Korean officials said early negotiations on the possible resumption of nuclear talks with the international community were moving in the right direction.
The United States hopes for forward movement with North Korea, the U.S. special envoy said in Beijing ahead of nuclear talks with his Pyongyang counterpart.
U.S. and North Korean officials will hold their first meeting on the north's nuclear program since the change of leadership in Pyongyang, U.S. diplomats said.
China's vice premier has urged North Korea to improve its strained relationships with the United States and South Korea.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, on his arrival in New York, expressed optimism for improved relations with the United States.
A senior North Korean diplomat involved in nuclear negotiations plans to visit the United States later this week, South Korea's national news agency Yonhap reported.
A North Korea nuclear envoy is in China amid speculation Pyongyang was willing to resume talks on its uranium enrichment activity, a source told Yonhap.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's successful trip to North Korea to secure the release of two detained U.S. journalists comes at a critical time.
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