However, the two sides were not able to narrow down their differences.
This was because the U.S. was reluctant to accept South Korea’s suggestion to take a softened approach toward North Korea to entice the country to participate in the six-party talks. Korea proposed supporting energy or easing financial sanctions against North Korea.
Also, at a G7 meeting in Singapore, Henry Paulson, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, called for international cooperation to stop North Korea from conducting illegal financial activities such as money laundering. This means that the U.S. has made it clear that it will take a firm stance, which will not be affected by the comprehensive approach agreed by South Korea, against North Korea. donga