N. Korea ready to discuss uranium programme
North Korea has told a visiting Russian envoy that it was willing to discuss its uranium enrichment programme at six-party disarmament talks, state media said Tuesday.
"(North Korea) is willing to come to the six-party talks unconditionally," Pyongyang's foreign ministry said in a statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency.
At talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin, the North said it did not "object to the issue of the uranium enrichment programme" from being discussed at the six-party forum, a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying.
The Russian envoy visited the North between Friday and Monday, meeting with Foreign Minister Pak Ui-Chun and other North Korean officials, according to the South's Yonhap news agency.
Pyongyang sparked security fears in November when it disclosed an apparently functional uranium enrichment plant to visiting US experts.
The North said it was a peaceful energy project but experts said it could hand Pyongyang a second route to making atomic bombs on top of its existing plutonium stockpile.
© 2011 AFP