South Korea's chief nuclear envoy said Tuesday his government opposes talks for the sake of talks with North Korea in the absence of positive signs that it intends to denuclearize, according to Yonhap News Agency.
"At this point, it is important for relevant parties to rebuild trust so that progress can be made toward the goal of denuclearizing North Korea, rather than talks for talks' sake," Cho Tae Yong, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, told Yonhap ahead of his departure for Washington to attend a trilateral meeting with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts on Wednesday.
Cho's remarks were apparently in response to North Korea's proposal Sunday for high-level talks with the United States to discuss denuclearization and defuse military tension on the Korean Peninsula.
For the trilateral meeting, Japan will send Shinsuke Sugiyama, director general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau at the Foreign Ministry, while the United States will be represented by Glyn Davies, special representative for North Korean policy.
The six-party talks on Pyongyang's denuclearization, which involve the two Koreas, host China, the United States, Japan and Russia, have been stalled since late 2008.