Envoys push to resume N Korea talks

S Korean and US diplomats in Beijing as efforts intensify to kickstart nuclear talks.

    China's president Hu Jintao, right, hosted a North Korean envoy on Tuesday [Reuters]

    The discussions in the Chinese capital come after a senior North Korean official held talks with Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, on Tuesday.

    According to the state-run China Daily newspaper Kim Yong-Il, the North Korean premier, delivered a message from North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Il, although the paper did not say what the message contained.

    The six-party disarmament talks have been on hold since the North stormed out last year before going on to conduct a second nuclear test.

    That test and a subsequent launch of a long-range rocket prompted a tightening of UN sanctions.

    North Korea wants those sanctions to be lifted before it returns to the negotiating table.

    The talks bring together envoys from China, the US, Russia, Japan and the two Koreas.

    China, which has hosted the negotiations and is North Korea's only major ally, has said the future of the talks depends on the willingness of Washington and Pyongyang to work together.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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