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North Korea, Russia to resume six party talks to resolve nuclear dispute

August 25, 2011 - Pyongyang

North Korea and Russia have agreed to resume six party talks for the settlement of the nuclear disputes on the Korean Peninsula.

The breakthrough was made during a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.

They exchanged views on the development of relations between the two countries and reached an agreement on all the topics discussed in the talks, Xinhua reports.

The announcement to resume dialogue represents a much-needed climb down in the tension level in the region, which witnessed an outbreak of hostilities in November when North Korea launched an artillery barrage against a South Korean island, killing dozens of South Korean soldiers.

North Korea had been participating in six-party talks - alongside Russia, South Korea, China, the United States and Japan - with the purpose of putting a lid on its nuclear weapons program.


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