U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns (file photo) (epa)
November 9, 2006 -- A top U.S. diplomat met today with Russia's nuclear envoy to discuss how to restart disarmament talks with North Korea.
The meeting between U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksandr Alexeyev in Beijing came after North Korea agreed last week to end a yearlong boycott of six-party nuclear talks.
Alexeyev is quoted as saying the resumption of the talks is "not possible earlier than mid-December."