N. Korea About to Account for Nuke Program

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior U.S. official says North Korea is very close to turning in a long-awaited accounting of its nuclear program - a major step toward a disarmament deal with the reclusive communist regime.

The official says that weeks of preparation with North Korea and the other nations bargaining with Pyongyang are coming to a close. Although there is no date agreed yet, the documentation is expected within the next month.

That would clear the way for a high-stakes meeting as soon as the end of June between the top U.S. and North Korean diplomats, along with the other four nations involved in a deal to put North Korea out of the nuclear weapons business.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the six-nation diplomatic consultations are confidential, says the U.S. insists it be able to verify that North Korea's documentation is complete.

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