24 Feb 2012

North Korean nuclear talks held in Beijing

8:01 am on 24 February 2012

US and North Korean officials met in Beijing on Thursday for talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme, the first since the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in December.

More talks are scheduled on Friday.

The BBC reports the long-term aim is to restart six-nation talks on disarmament, which broke down in 2009.

The United States wants to find out if North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-un is willing to discuss giving up nuclear weapons.

The US is offering food aid in exchange for North Korea abandoning its nuclear arms programme.

North Korea conducted a nuclear test in 2006 and a second in 2009.

Since then tensions on the peninsula have remained high, particularly between the two Koreas.