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Six-Way Talks Continue Despite Limited Progress

2 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Talks on ending the stalemate over North Korean nuclear program enter their eighth day today in Beijing.

Delegates from Russia, Japan, the United States, and the two Koreas have been discussing a draft joint statement of principles put forward by host China.

It's been the longest of four rounds of negotiations since the crisis began nearly three years ago.

The chief U.S. negotiator, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, said little progress was made yesterday.

One of the major stumbling blocks according to correspondents is that North Korea objects to a U.S. demand that Pyongyang first end its nuclear program before any aid is given.