SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator on Thursday voiced "high expectations and optimism" over the envisioned working-level denuclearization talks with the United States, as he left for Stockholm for the meeting.
Kim Myong-gil, former North Korean ambassador to Vietnam, made the remarks at Beijing International Capital Airport upon arrival from Pyongyang on an Air Koryo flight earlier in the day. He is leading the four-member delegation for the high-stakes talks.
"(We) are heading to working-level negotiations with the U.S," Kim told reporters, adding, "As the U.S. side sent a new signal, I bear high expectations and optimism, and I am also optimistic about the results."
They then moved to another terminal of the airport, apparently to leave for the Swedish capital of Stockholm, as they were confirmed to have reserved Air China tickets bound for the city.