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Top News Article | > U.S. Says Fate of North Korea Nuclear Talks in Doubt

Top News Article | "By Lindsay Beck

BEIJING (Reuters) - The top U.S. diplomat on the North Korean nuclear crisis said on Wednesday that the fate of six-party talks on the issue was in doubt, signaling a limit to Washington's patience.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill arrived in Tokyo from Beijing as part of a whirlwind tour of the region aimed at finding a way to bring North Korea back into talks on its nuclear programs that have been stalled for nearly a year.

China has hosted three inconclusive rounds of the negotiations.

'The future of talks is very much uncertain at this point,' Hill told reporters as he left his hotel in Beijing.

'We continue to have a North Korean regime that is very ambivalent about whether it wants to find a negotiated settlement to this,' said the U.S. point man on North Korea, who was also in Seoul prior to Beijing.

North Korea said explicitly for the first time in February that it had nuclear weapons, ratcheting up the crisis that began in 2002 over what Washington said was its enrichment of uranium that could be used to make weapons."

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