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Top Diplomats in Six-Party Korean Nuclear Talks to Meet

A South Korean official says the foreign ministers from the six nations involved in the North Korean nuclear disarmament talks will meet in Singapore next week.

The official said the meeting will take place on the sidelines of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Regional Forum. It will be the first time the foreign ministers from the United States, Russia, China, Japan and the two Koreas will hold talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

The official says the talks will be an informal gathering, and are not expected to produce any agreements.

The high-level meeting will take place weeks after North Korea submitted a long-delayed declaration of its nuclear activities, ending a months-long impasse.

During talks held last week, Pyongyang agreed to disable its main plutonium-producing facilities by the end of October, and allow on-site inspections to verify its declaration.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.