Report: N. Korea talks likely to resume in Feb.

International talks over North Korea's nuclear program are likely to resume early next month as a result of progress in direct meetings this week between envoys of the communist nation and the United States, a news report said. US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the chief US envoy to the nuclear talks, was due to arrive Friday in Seoul after three days of meetings with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Kye Gwan, in Germany to prepare for the next round of discussions. South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing an unnamed diplomat in Seoul, reported that the discussions in Berlin "progressed toward a very positive direction." Another unnamed diplomat said there is a high possibility the nuclear talks would resume in Beijing the week of February 5, Yonhap reported late Thursday.