US envoy: North Korea ready to restart talks soon

The United States and North Korea have agreed to restart six-party talks on the North's nuclear weapons program as soon as possible, the top American nuclear envoy said Saturday. US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill met with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo following a meeting with North Korean officials in Germany. He said he was optimistic about the North Korean willingness to negotiate. "There was the view between the two of us that we should try to have the six-party talks as soon as we can," Hill told reporters in Tokyo.