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China Confirms US, North Korean Envoys Met in Beijing


China has confirmed that senior envoys from the United States, North Korea, and China met in Beijing this week in an effort to restart six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday Wednesday's talks included the top U.S. envoy to the nuclear negotiations, Christopher Hill. Further details were not provided.

Wednesday, North Korea's official news agency confirmed leader Kim Jong il recently visited China, and held talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

It said during the talks Mr. Kim reaffirmed a commitment to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons and pursue the six-party talks.

Pyongyang has demanded that the United States first lift economic sanctions against North Korea as a precondition for returning to the stalled talks. Washington has rejected the demand.

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