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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Calls for North Korea Talks

Russia renewed its call for another round of six-party negotiations on North Korea's nuclear program on Tuesday, a week after the U.S. election that was widely cited as Pyongyang's excuse for stalling the talks.

"We have no doubt that the talks on this urgent problem should be resumed," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said. "The quicker this happens the better."

The six parties — North and South Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia — have met three times to try to agree how to end the nuclear weapons program in the North, one of the countries U.S. President George W. Bush called part of an "axis of evil."

At the last meeting in June, they agreed to try to convene again in September, but Pyongyang appeared to stall while it waited to see who won the U.S. presidential election.

Russia's call for a resumption reinforced similar demands by Japan, South Korea and the United States since Bush's re-election last week.