North Korea has indicated it will not resume talks about its nuclear program until it learns Washington's stance on Pyongyang following President Bush's re-election.

Chinese officials say North Korea's vice foreign minister, Kim Yong-il, made the comments on a recent trip to Beijing. They also say Pyongyang is still committed to the six-party talks.

Meanwhile, Japanese officials say North Korea Thursday told them the environment is not right for a quick resumption of the discussions.

Tokyo raised the issue during talks in Pyongyang about the fate of Japanese nationals North Korea kidnapped decades ago. Details of those discussions were not immediately clear.

The nuclear talks began last year. North Korea refused to attend a fourth round of the discussions scheduled for September, citing what it called hostile policies by the United States, as well as the revelation that South Korea secretly conducted nuclear fuel tests in the past.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.