N Korea nuclear talks delayed

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Seoul, Sep17: Talks between North Korea and regional powers on ending Pyongyang's atomic weapons programme will not be held on September. 19 as widely expected, South Korea said today, citing an official notice from host China.

Seoul's Foreign Ministry also said in a brief email that China had said it would discuss a new date with the other countries involved. ''China officially notified us this afternoon that it has become difficult for the six-party talks to be held on Septembet 19,'' the ministry said, referring to the talks also involving the United States, China, Russia, Japan and the two Koreas.

The ministry gave no reason for the delay. The move comes days after the lead US negotiator, Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill, said on Friday he expected to attend the talks despite reports Syria might have received North Korean nuclear aid. Pyongyang has denied any such deal.


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