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PacNet #5 – Six-Party Talks: Searching for the “First Tranche”

“I think we have a basis for calling the six-party meeting and for making some progress.” So said the chief U.S. negotiator, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill, in advance of the Feb. 8 round of discussions in Beijing aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. “We will not achieve full denuclearization,” he cautioned, “but we hope to make a substantial start on this.”