The United States is standing firm with North Korea.
U.S. negotiator Robert Gallucci said today (Wednesday) that the U.S. will not bow to North Korea's objections to South Korean involvement in its nuclear reactor programme.
As Gallucci met with South Korean and Japanese officials, hundreds of angry students took to the streets in protest against the US government's alleged involvement in the massacre of civilians 15 years ago.
Riot police prevented them from rushing the U.S Embassy.
Hundreds of protestors gathered outside the U-S Embassy in Seoul Wednesday. Several were injured when riot police moved in to prevent them from storming the embassy's gates.
The protestors chose the venue to take advantage of the publicity surrounding the nuclear talks taking place nearby. They demand the U-S government apologise for its alleged role in the massacre of hundreds of civilians 15 years ago in the southern city of Kwangju.
Meanwhile, U-S Ambassador Robert Gallucci met Japanese negotiator Tsuya Endo and South Korean Choi Dong Jin for talks on the North Korean nuclear crisis.
North Korea objects to the American's insistence that it accept two light-water nuclear reactors from its southern rival.
The light-water reactor offer was designed as a payoff for North Korea's agreement to scrap a graphite reactor which the US said was producing fuel for nuclear weapons.
Afterwards, the negotiators reconfirmed that South Korea must have a central role in replacing North Korea's suspect nuclear programme, despite Pyongyang's objections.
Gallucci briefed the press.
"The first question was to me I believe was essentially if the DPRK accepted the concept of South Korean reactors as the reactors for the light water reactor project , they accepted this in Geneva in October, how come they are not accepting them now, or another way of putting it why has North Korea reneged the agreed framework,.I don't know the answer to that but it seems to me that one possible answer is that what we suspected all along namely that the DPRK acceptance reactors from the ROK was a politically difficult thing for the North Koreans to do."
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The U-S is concerned that North Korea is producing fuel for nuclear weapons from its own reactors and wants them replaced.
North Korean's existing equipment is capable of producing far more weapons-grade plutonium.
It claims that its southern neighbour is massing troops on the border between the two countries and says that signals a threat from Seoul.