U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage says he hopes a new round of six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear ambitions can begin soon.
In an interview with Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun, Mr. Armitage says the United States wants to get the talks started again, and he suggests they could begin by the first week of January.
North and South Korea, the United States, Russia, China and Japan have held three rounds of talks in Beijing on North Korea's nuclear ambitions. A fourth round was scheduled for September, but North Korea refused to attend.
North Korea has previously demanded that the United States drop what it calls a "hostile policy" toward Pyongyang. The newspaper quotes Mr. Armitage as saying it would be a mistake for Pyongyang to wait for such changes.