July 15, 2009
The United States says it has no plans to meet with North Korean officials at a summit in Thailand next week.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scot Marciel told reporters Wednesday there will probably not be a meeting of the five nations pushing North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programs.
That meeting would have been on the sidelines of a gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. But Marciel said there will likely be bilateral meetings among South Korea, the U.S., Japan, Russia and China.
There are no plans for a face-to-face U.S.-North Korea meeting, but Marciel is not ruling out such an encounter.