The chief United States envoy to the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program says negotiators are close to reaching a deal, and that only one or two sticking points remain.
Speaking with reporters today in Beijing, Christopher Hill said the remaining issues are not really broad or fundamental. He also said that it is hard to think the issues would be dealbreakers.
But he added that negotiators would just have to wait and see.
The United States and North Korea held a bilateral meeting today. Group talks also were held as negotiators discussed a draft accord that outlines steps North Korea can take to disarm.
Host China circulated the draft Thursday, but envoys have yet to disclose the specifics of the document.
Hill says it includes actions that North Korea can take within weeks to begin implementing a September 2005 promise Pyongyang made to begin dismantling its nuclear arms.
North Korean envoy Kim Kye Kwan did not give any details of his two-hour meeting with the U.S. delegation. He only stressed that there are still differences that both countries are trying to work out.