Japan, U.S. hold talks on reopening of 6-party talks.
Japanese diplomat Akitaka Saiki and Kurt Campbell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia policy, met Thursday to discuss resuming the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
During their meeting at the State Department, Saiki, director general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and Campbell also exchanged views on the recent visit to China by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
Noting that U.S. special representative for North Korea policy Stephen Bosworth will travel to East Asia next week, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley indicated that Washington will continue talks with other parties to the six-party negotiations on China's call for an early reopening of the stalled denuclearization talks.
''We are having consultations with our partners within the six-party process,'' he said.
The six-party talks, launched in August 2003 and stalled since December 2008, involve the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States.