US nuclear envoy arrives to discuss N Korea impasse

BEIJING (AP) -- The top U.S. nuclear envoy says there's still support for talks with North Korea to break a deadlock over verificiation of its nuclear programs.

Speaking in Beijing today, Christopher Hill says that the U.S. is willing to sit down again with the five other countries involved in disarmament talks. But Hill adds that he has no plans to talk with North Korea before heading back to Washington.

The U.S. is reacting to the North's move this week to possibly reassemble nuclear facilities that have been partially disabled under a disarmament pact.

North Korea says the U.S. hasn't held up its end of the deal because it hasn't removed North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The U.S. says that will only happen when the North fully complies with disamament requirements.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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