An annual security forum of the six countries involved in the multilateral North Korean denuclearization talks opened in Beijing on Tuesday for a three-day run.
North Korea had notified organizers that it is sending Vice Director Choe Sun-he of the Foreign Ministry to the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue(NEACD), marking the North's participation in the conference for the first time in four years. Choe is the deputy chief delegate to the six party talks.
South Korea is being represented by its deputy chief to the six party talks Kim Kun. The U.S. is said to have sent Sung Kim, its top nuclear envoy and special representative for North Korea Policy.
China's top nuclear envoy Wu Dawei is said to attend the forum, while Russia was reported to have sent its deputy representative to the six party talks Grigory Logvinov.
A Japanese delegation is being led by Kenji Kanasugi, the new director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau and the chief delegate to the six nation negotiations.
South Korea, the United States and Japan are expected to reaffirm their full implementation of United Nations sanctions against North Korea and their opposition to the North’s possession of nuclear weapons, while urging Pyongyang to denuclearize. China and Russia are predicted to repeat their call for dialogue and negotiations, while reconfirming their fulfillment of UN sanctions.
However, an overwhelming prediction is that momentum for the resumption of dialogue will unlikely be created at the annual gathering, as North Korea is more explicitly declaring itself as a nuclear power in the face of international sanctions and demand for denuclearization.
The NEACD is dubbed as a "mini six-way dialogue" as government officials and civilian experts from the six nations of the U.S, China, Japan, Russia and two Koreas are part of the conference.