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SKorea, Japan press NKorea to rejoin nuclear talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Diplomats are furiously working to get North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks.

A senior U.N. envoy is in Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng) and top nuclear negotiators plan to meet for the third straight day in Beijing to revive the six-nation talks that involve the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Russia and Japan.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports the past two days of talks have apparently focused on the North's calls for lifting U.N. sanctions and a peace treaty with Washington formally ending the Korean War.

South Korea, Japan and the U.S. say the regime must return to the talks before any discussion of political or economic concessions.

The North walked away from negotiations last year during a standoff over its nuclear and missile programs. It has been reaching out to Washington, Seoul and Beijing in recent months.

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