The idea envisages an ad hoc team, or several, for unbroken work in between basic negotiation rounds, with high-level experts on such teams. That was what the Foreign Ministry had in mind as it recently announced that Russia could be expected to appoint a special envoy for North Korean affairs, Mr Losyukov said to Novosti.
An envoy can devote all his time and stamina to the matter-something a deputy minister cannot do, he explained.
The negotiators understand each other, where prospects for a consultative body are concerned. The cause will make spectacular progress if such a body is set up, the diplomat is sure.