SEOUL, May 26 (UPI) -- An official Monday said the nuclear envoys of South Korea and North Korea may meet in Beijing ahead of the six-party talks on the North's denuclearization.
South Korean negotiator Kim Shook, who is scheduled to visit Russia, is willing to stop in Beijing to meet with North's Kim Kye-gwan if the communist country wants such a meeting, Yonhap news agency reported Monday, quoting an official.
The development comes in the wake of an indication by the United States that negotiator Christopher Hill may meet with the North Korean envoy in Beijing to get the six-party talks restarted. Others in the talks are China, Russia, and Japan.
"To my understanding, the North has not given a clear answer yet," a South Korean official told Yonhap.
The six-party talks are stalled on North Korea's declaration of its nuclear stockpiles.
"It is hard to say whether it will submit the declaration" during Hill's trip or later, a South Korean foreign ministry spokesman said.
North and South Korean relations have worsened since a conservative government took over in South Korea.