11 Oct 2009

Chinese Premier says North Korea wants better ties with US

7:21 am on 11 October 2009

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has told East Asian neighbours at a summit that North Korea wants better ties with the United States, Japan and South Korea.

The Beijing summit, involving China, Japan and South Korea, focused on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and regional economic integration.

The three countries vowed to seek an early restart to six-party talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions.

Mr Wen, who was in North Korea this week, said Pyongyang wanted to ease strains but said the chance to make progress in the dispute over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons plans would not last.

The three leaders also vowed to work together for regional economic integration.