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N Korea N-talks likely in December: Russia

North Korea agreed to return to six-nation disarmament talks after a nuclear test on October 9.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 14:04 IST

Six-nation talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons drive may be held at the beginning of December, a Russian envoy said on Tuesday.

The Russian ambassador to Japan, Alexander Losyukov, said dates early next month have been proposed among diplomats.

"According to the exchanges of diplomatic documents, there is a possibility that it will be held in early December," he told reporters in Tokyo.

North Korea on October 9 tested an atom bomb but agreed later in the month to return to six-nation disarmament talks, which it has boycotted for a year.

Diplomats from the countries involved have repeatedly said the talks were likely to be held in November or December.

The leaders of the five nations negotiating with North Korea—China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States—are expected to discuss the resumption of six-way talks when they meet this weekend for a summit in Hanoi.

First Published: Nov 13, 2006 14:04 IST