Nuclear impasse top of agenda as NKorea's No. 2 meets China's leaders

North Korea’s second ranking leader was scheduled to meet with China’s two most powerful men as Beijing persisted in its efforts to revive stalled talks on the nuclear standoff. Pyongyang’s top lawmaker Kim Yong-Nam was slated to have talks with President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, both members of a new generation of Chinese leaders with few sentimental ties to traditional ally North Korea. “During the meetings, they will discuss the political exchanges and the relations between our two sides,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue told a regular briefing. “(The nuclear talks) will also be touched upon.” Full Story

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