The top U.S. nuclear negotiator says the United States believes that North Korea does not have uranium enrichment capability.
In a speech given at a university, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said it was confirmed that North Korea did not use aluminum tubes, imported from Russia in massive quantities, for nuclear enrichment. He added that the North did not acquire more aluminum tubes from other sources. However, Hill pointed out that Pyongyang must clarify the purpose of the tubes.
Hill’s statement diverts from the previous U.S. stance. Washington had suspected Pyongyang of having an enrichment program since 2002 when the second North Korean nuclear crisis broke out.
Meanwhile, the nuclear envoy called for clear explanation from Pyongyang on its nuclear cooperation with Syria.
As Hill has presented guidelines to the North on the nuclear declaration, focus is now on how the two sides will negotiate on the issue.