N. Korea nuclear talks end without agreement

December 23, 2006 10:40

The first talks on North Korea's nuclear program since the communist nation tested an atomic device ended without an agreement on disarmament or a date for further negotiations. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the US envoy to the talks, said the negotiations would resume in "weeks, not months" and that the North Koreans "clearly need to make some decisions." During five days of meetings in Beijing, negotiators said Pyongyang refused to talk about its nuclear weapons program, and instead stuck to its demand that the US remove financial restrictions it has imposed on the regime.

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