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US's Hill no plan to see NKorea envoy today

Written by: Staff

TOKYO, Apr 11 (Reuters) The top US envoy to six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear arms programme, Christopher Hill, denied he planned to hold a meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday with his North Korean counterpart along with the Chinese envoy.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the US and North Korean diplomats were invited by China to meet later in the day, raising hopes of a meeting between key players in the stalled discussions.

''There is no such plan,'' Hill told Reuters.

Yonhap cited a Chinese embassy official as saying Chinese envoy Wu Dawei invited Hill and North Korean envoy Kim Kye-gwan to the embassy in Tokyo for a possible meeting, but the official did not say whether they would attend.

The talks between the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States have been stalled since the last round was held in November. Most of the nuclear envoys are in Japan for a private security forum.

Reuters CH GC1555

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