12 Sep 2009

US ready for nuclear talks with North Korea

9:08 pm on 12 September 2009

The United States says it is prepared to hold direct talks with North Korea following months of deadlock over the country's development of nuclear weapons.

The State Department says it will hold the meeting in order to bring North Korea back into the stalled six party process.

Negotiations broke down last year.

The BBC reports that the State Department wants Pyongyang to resume the six party talks, which include North and South Korea, China, Russia and Japan.

According to reports, US officials believes that the multi-lateral talks have the best chance of persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions because China has more influence over Pyongyang than the US does.