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North Korea Nuclear Talks Resume

December 18, 2006

BEIJING (AP) _ Six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear program resumed Monday for the first time in more than a year, a test of whether the communist regime is willing to negotiate after its surprise atomic test rattled the region this fall.

Head delegates held preliminary meetings in Beijing on Monday morning before Chinese envoy Wu Dawei officially opened the talks at a Chinese state guesthouse.

``After hearing each country’s opening speech, especially North Korea’s opening speech, we will be able to tell where the six-party talks will go,″ South Korean nuclear envoy Chun Yung-woo told reporters Monday before the talks.

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