Progress in dismantling North Korean nuclear programme
Beijing : Progress in the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear programme has been achieved with preparations being made for the closure of the country's nuclear facilities at Yongbyon, South Korean reports said Sunday.
The dispute between the communist state and the US over North Korean funds frozen in a Macau bank by US sanctions is also "completely resolved," a South Korean official was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.
The ninth round of six-party talks involving the two Koreas, the US, China, Japan and Russia on dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme is scheduled to begin in Beijing Monday.
The talks are a follow-up to the Feb 13 breakthrough agreement in which North Korea agreed to dismantle the programme in exchange for energy supplies, normalized international relations and the lifting of US economic sanctions.