North Korea's Aid Requests Hold Up Nuclear Talks Six-nation talks aimed at shutting down North Korea's nuclear program may be extended. The countries involved in the negotiations in Beijing say the level of aid North Korea insists upon receiving remains a sticking point.
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North Korea's Aid Requests Hold Up Nuclear Talks

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North Korea's Aid Requests Hold Up Nuclear Talks

North Korea's Aid Requests Hold Up Nuclear Talks

North Korea's Aid Requests Hold Up Nuclear Talks

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Six-nation talks aimed at shutting down North Korea's nuclear program may be extended. The countries involved in the negotiations in Beijing say the level of aid North Korea insists upon receiving remains a sticking point.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports.

ANTHONY KUHN: U.S. negotiator Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said that the U.S. understands that Pyongyang needs energy assistance, but he emphasized that any deal should focus on nuclear disarmament, not energy aid.

CHRISTOPHER HILL: We can help them through the provision of some assistance. But that assistance shouldn't be used as a substitute for dealing with the root cause of their isolation, which is their effort to try to develop these weapons.

KUHN: Anthony Kuhn, NPR News, Beijing.

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