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06/01/03 - Evian, France

North Korea in Modest Shift on Nuclear Talks

Evian, France-AP -- U.S. officials are reporting a modest shift in North Korea's stand on negotiations over its nuclear program.

The North is reportedly ready to accept an American proposal for talks that involve its major neighbors -- as long as the talks include a chance to talk to U.S. diplomats one-on-one. Previously, Pyongyang would only attend talks with America.

However, aides say President Bush is resisting the new formulation. He wants talks involving China, Japan and South Korea.

Bush discussed the crisis over North Korea's bid for nuclear weapons with China's President Hu Jintao at a meeting in France, where they're attending the Evian summit.

Asked about North Korea during a summit picture-taking session, Bush would say only administration policy "hasn't changed."

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