Assistant US Secretary of State Kurt Campbell discussed the new strategy with chief South Korean nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac during talks Monday.
The US diplomat recently said that his government and its partners were preparing “''comprehensive package that would be attractive'' to North Korea if it returned to the nuclear talks.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan told lawmakers Monday that such a package approach would be aimed at resolving all outstanding issues at once by putting all of North Korea's obligations and demands on the table.
Yu did not elaborate but said that disarming the North in phases, the approach the talks have pursued so far, is difficult because the North can reverse the steps it has taken.
The allies also talked about implementing UN sanctions approved by all members of the security Council. .
In the meantime Daily Nk, an online publication focusing on North Korea, reported that Kim Jong-il’s health “is rapidly deteriorating”.
Anonymous sources inside North Korea said that the ‘Dear Leader’ was “receiving care in a Koryo Hotel suite” in Pyongyang and that it “looks like it is not going to be easy for” him “to live until 2012.”
What ails the North Korean leader is not unknown but pancreatic cancer has been suggested. Whatever the case may be, the sources seem certain that “the condition is quite serious.”
Last Saturday Open Radio for North Korea, a pro-reunification radio station, reported that Kim Jong-Il was “walking supported by two agents from the Escort Bureau.
After two years of talks, the communist regime has accepted to dismantle its atomic reactors in exchange for oil, energy and humanitarian aid.
The discovery was announced by anonymous sources of the US government. A UN vote on what sanctions to impose on Pyongyang should be taken today: Beijing and Seoul are pushing for a diplomatic approach.