Senior U.S. diplomat Christopher Hill says six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program are likely to resume in early December.
Hill says he hopes to set the date for the talks soon, but says they must be carefully planned to ensure the negotiations make progress.
He was speaking Wednesday in Hanoi, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. The U.S. envoy met South Korean and Japanese officials there to discuss plans for the North Korea talks.
North Korea agreed to end its year-long boycott of the negotiations last month, in return for a U.S. promise to discuss its financial crackdown against Pyongyang.
When APEC leaders meet in Hanoi on Saturday, they are expected to discuss how to persuade Pyongyang to give up its atomic weapons program.
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