Russia, S Korea, US to hold talks over N Korean nuke issue

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Moscow, May 29 (UNI) Russian, South Korean and the United States delegations will hold talks here today over the North Korean nuclear programme, ahead of the six-nation negotiations.

Russian delegation head Alexei Borodavkin would meet South Korean chief envoy Kim Sook today and US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill tomorrow.

Mr Sook would also meet Mr Hill during the visit.

''We are in favour of the six-party process continuing on North Korea's denuclearisation and other issues, in exchange for fuel deliveries and ensuring security guarantees in northeastern Asia,'' Mr Borodavkin said, adding a timetable for the Pyongyang nuclear programme would be discussed during the meetings.

The six-nation talks, which include North and South Koreas, the US, China, Japan and Russia, stalled last December after Pyongyang failed to give full details of its nuclear programme, in particular information on uranium enrichment and nuclear technology, which it is suspected of passing on to other countries.

Mr Hill held talks with North Korea's top negotiator Kim Kye-gwan in Beijing yesterday to reach an agreement on a timeframe for completing the nuclear talks.


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