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North Korea Talks Extended At Least One More Day

4 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Delegates to six-way talks on North Korea's nuclear arms program say that they will meet for an 11th day on 5 August.

Russia's chief negotiator, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Alexeev, has rejoined the talks in Beijing after several days in Moscow. He said he expects the negotiations to continue for one or two more days.

Today, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang confirmed that the delegates have agreed to convene on 5 August.

Westerns news agencies, citing unnamed sources, are reporting that the delegates have agreed also to a session late today.

North Korea insists on diplomatic recognition, security guarantees, and energy aid before committing to end its nuclear programs.

U.S. chief negotiator and Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill says that North Korea must scrap its program before concessions will be made.


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