SEOUL: South Korea sees prospects for a US-North Korean meeting next month as "dark" because Pyongyang has yet to promise to return to six-party nuclear disarmament talks, a news report said Sunday.
Stephen Bosworth, US special representative for North Korean policy, is scheduled to visit the communist state on December 8 with an aim to persuading it to return to six-party nuclear disarmament negotiations.
"There is no confirmed signal that North Korea will return to six-party talks," an unidentified senior Seoul government official told a group of local reporters Sunday, according to Yonhap news agency.
"At the moment, we must say the prospects are dark."
Officials at Seoul's foreign ministry were not immediately available for comment.
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Source: AFP (through Channel NewsAsia), "Seoul not hopeful on North Korea-US talks," November 29, 2009,http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1021256/1/.h....