Food aid talks end with progress
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BEIJING | Key issues on deliveries of U.S. food aid to North Korea have been resolved, though details remain to be settled after talks ended Thursday.
Envoy Robert King called the 11/ day talks with North Korean officials “positive and productive.” He declined to disclose details before reporting back to Washington.
“We resolved the administrative issues we were concerned with,” Mr. King told reporters at Beijing’s main airport before boarding a flight for Washington. He later said: “We’re still working on the details.”
The talks follow a deal announced last week in which the U.S. offered 240,000 tons of food aid in return for a North Korean freeze on long-range missile and nuclear tests and for halting a uranium enrichment program that would be monitored by U.N. inspectors.
That agreement is the most substantive sign of warming U.s.-north Korean ties after three years of tensions during which Pyongyang exploded a nuclear device and engaged in armed provocations against South Korea.