BEIJING - Progress in fresh talks with Pyongyang could take "weeks and months", the United States' envoy for the North Korean nuclear dispute said on Friday, despite what he called productive discussions over the long-running standoff.
US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies stressed the nuclear diplomacy would be painstaking as he entered a second day of discussions with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Kye-gwan.
Their talks are aimed at laying the groundwork for renewed six-party disarmament negotiations with North Korea, whose nuclear weapons programme has alarmed the region with two test blasts as well as a drumbeat of warnings against South Korea, Washington and their allies.
Davies told reporters a dinner discussion with North Korean negotiators on Thursday had been "productive" but he stressed these talks were dealing with a backlog of unresolved issues that would take time to address.
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