An interagency team of U.S. officials met Monday with a North Korean delegation in an effort to restart talks with the reclusive nation.
The decision by the United States to launch the two days of discussions in Geneva, Switzerland, stems in part from recent meetings between North Korea and South Korea, a senior State Department official told reporters traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Afghanistan last week.
"We had initial presentations of our respective positions," said Clifford Hart, U.S. special envoy to the six-party talks on North Korea, speaking at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. "I think these were useful presentations."
The two sides spoke for about two hours before breaking for lunch, he said. The U.S. and North Korean delegations planned to meet again "for another couple of hours, perhaps a little bit more, depends on the conversation," Hart said in a statement.FULL STORY