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Indonesian President to Urge Resuming 6-Way Talk on Koreas Visit

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to encourage restarting stalled six-nation nuclear talks when he visits North and South Korea next month.

Indonesian officials say Mr. Yudhoyono will visit the two Koreas June 5th to 9th. They say he will discuss ways to resume negotiations with North Korea on stopping its nuclear program. There have been no talks since September.

Reuters News Agency quotes an Indonesian official as saying that Mr. Yudhoyono will sign several agreements with South Korean officials in Seoul, including one on increasing nuclear power ties.

Jakarta has enjoyed a relatively close relationship with North Korea since the leadership of former Indonesian President Sukarno.

Six party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear program are deadlocked over Pyongyang's insistence that the U.S. lift financial and economic sanctions on the North for alleged illegal activities, including counterfeiting and money laundering.

Washington has refused, saying the sanctions are unrelated to the nuclear issue.