A new round of six-party talks aimed at resolving the Korean
peninsula nuclear issue is set to take place between Dec.16 and 18
in Beijing, the State Department said on Sunday.
As before, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia
Christopher Hill will head the American delegation, State
Department spokeswoman Joanne Moore said.
The talks have stalled since the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK) walked out of the negotiations with the United States,
South Korea, China, Japan and Russia a year ago.
The DPRK agreed to return to the talks in November after drawing
international condemnation for its Oct.9 nuclear test.
"At this discussion, we expect that the parties will discuss
ways to implement the September 2005 joint statement," Moore
In that joint statement issued over a year ago, the DPRK said it
was committed to "abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing
(Xinhua News Agency December 11, 2006)