MOSCOW - Six-way talks on North Korea cannot restart this year or in the
foreseeable future because of "unacceptable" US conditions, Russia's Interfax
news agency quoted a North Korean diplomatic source as saying on Wednesday.
"The demands the United States put forward at consultations between the heads
of delegations to the six-way talks .... which took place in Beijing on November
28 and 29, are unacceptable for North Korea," the agency quoted the source as
"As a result, the renewal of the negotiation process in December 2006 is
impossible, and -- if there is no change in the United States' position -- in
the foreseeable future too."
Interfax quoted the unnamed source in a report datelined Hong Kong. Russian
media are among the few with regular access to official circles in reclusive
The six-way talks on North Korea's nuclear program have been stalled since
Pyongyang walked out a year ago. South Korea, North Korea, Japan, China, Russia
and the United States are the participants in the talks.