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Work Continues Toward Ending North Korean Nuclear Crisis


Negotiators in Beijing will resume work Sunday on forging an agreement to end the North Korean nuclear crisis.

China presented a draft statement Saturday, and U.S. envoy Christopher Hill said the draft represents a good basis for the negotiations. Mr. Hill said he expects the Sunday session to be devoted to building a final text.

Negotiators from both Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and the United States are involved in the talks.

Mr. Hill said there is a consensus on making the Korean peninsula nuclear-free, but he added that obstacles remain.

Diplomats have said Pyongyang is sticking to its demand that it receive aid and security guarantees before dismantling its nuclear programs, while Washington wants to see the programs scrapped first.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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