North Korea delays nuclear talks

31 August 2005

Six-nation talks aimed at diffusing a row over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are to be delayed for two weeks after US and South Korean joint military exercises provoked the communist nation.

North Korea routinely criticises the annual Ulchi Focus Lens military exercises but is thought to consider the move another example of a hostile US policy. North Korea is also said to be annoyed by Washington's appointment of Jay Lefkowitz, as a special envoy on human rights to the country.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry postponed the talks planned for the week beginning 12 September but China is expected to set a specific date to restart negotiations soon.

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