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CHINA NORTH KOREA
A year later Kim Jong-il's negotiator is back in Beijing
US, Russian, South Korean and Japanese representatives are already in the Chinese capital. Tokyo rules out multilateral dialogue whilst Washington sees direct talks with Pyongyang possible.
26/07/2005 NORTH KOREA SOUTH KOREA
Some signs of flexibility between the United States and North Korea in Beijing
Six-nation talks re-start in Beijing. They were interrupted in June 2004 when North Korea walked away from the negotiating table.
11/10/2006 NORTH KOREA SOUTH KOREA
Pyongyang threatens UN, sanctions mean war
Tokyo and Washington adopt unilateral measures against Pyongyang; both want use of force included in any UN sanctions. Beijing calls for calm but agrees to a tough response. Seoul dithers.
14/12/2006 SOUTH KOREA – NORTH KOREA
South Korean minister declares readiness for diplomacy in nuclear crisis
The new foreign affairs minister of Seoul talked about the issue in his first official press conference. South Korea is ready to use its privileged ties with Pyongyang and Washington to try to reach a peaceful solution.
19/01/2007 NORTH KOREA – UNITED STATES
Pyongyang speaks of progress with US on nuclear programme
North Korean negotiator says bilateral talks in Berlin have brought agreements with the US. Washington does not confirm, but stresses that bilateral talks are prelude to six-party talks.
17/07/2009 KOREA – UNITED NATIONS
Pyongyang ends six-party nuclear talks as UN imposes new sanctions
North Korea’s No 2 leader declares a ‘permanent end’ to talks, alleging a violation of ‘national sovereignty.’ He threatens further development in the country’s nuclear programme. The UN Security Council unanimously freezes assets of North Korean officials and state companies.
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