2008’s Final Attempt at a Six Party Solution
Eyes and ears were on Beijing earlier this month, as the chief negotiators from China, North Korea, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States met in Beijing for a round of the Six Party Talks. The agenda of the meeting was aimed at solidifying a protocol to verify North Korea’s nuclear program declarations, determining a timetable for disablement of its nuclear facilities, and setting a schedule for the delivery of the remaining promised energy aid to the impoverished country. After extending a day, the meeting failed to produce a single six-party agreement, and the parties were forced to return home without aid or a verification understanding in hand—perhaps none more disappointed than Assistant Secretary Christopher Hill, the Bush
administration’s chief envoy to the talks.