International talks on North Korea's nuclear program convened Monday for the first time in 13 months following a boycott by the communist nation that saw it test an atomic device for the first time.
Head Chinese delegate Wu Dawei formally declared the talks open at a Chinese state guesthouse in Beijing.
The North agreed to return to the six-nation negotiations just weeks after its Oct. 9 nuclear test, saying it wanted to discuss US financial restrictions against a bank where the regime held accounts. That issue will be addressed in separate meetings in Beijing, but envoys say the main focus will be on getting North Korea to take concrete steps to disarm in accord with a September 2005 agreement.
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