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US Says it has Found way to Keep Six-Party Talks on Track

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A State Department official says the United States has found a way to keep North Korea's nuclear disarmament talks on track, settling a dispute over 25 million dollars of Pyongyang's money.

A State Department spokesmanSean McCormack told reporters on Friday that it took two weeks of talks between US Treasury Department officials, North Korea, and others in Beijing to work out an agreement.

North Korea has been holding up talks for weeks until its money was returned. The funds were in a bank account in Macau that Washington says was used for illegal activities.

The spokesman says the top US nuclear negotiator, Chris Hill, heads for Asia Sunday to work out details of February's agreement to end North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Pyongyang is supposed to close its main nuclear reactor, disclose all of its nuclear programs, and allow international inspectors back into the country by April 14th.

In exchange for February's agreement, Pyongyang gets energy aid and other incentives.

Hill is scheduled to make stops in Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. The spokesman says he might also meet with the North Koreans next week.

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