Delegates to the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program have reached a tentative agreement that would end Pyongyang's quest for nuclear weapons.
The US envoy to the talks near Beijing, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, said China has issued a text of the agreement that must now be approved by the governments of all six parties.
Hill did not give details, but said the pact outlines specific actions North Korea, the United States, South Korea, Japan, China and Russia would take to begin abolishing North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The agreement is expected to include energy assistance to Pyongyang to end its nuclear production.
Negotiations began last Thursday and concluded with a marathon 16-hour session overnight Monday. Hill says delegates will meet again Tuesday.
Pyongyang conducted its first known nuclear test in October, and says it has several nuclear weapons.