North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has told China's premier that the North is prepared to return to multinational disarmament talks depending on progress in its two-way negotiations with the US.
Mr Kim's comments are the clearest sign yet that Pyongyang is preparing to resume the six-nation talks it withdrew from after conducting missile tests in April and a second nuclear test in May.
According to Xinhua News Agency, Mr Kim told PM Wen Jiabao that North Korea "is willing to attend multilateral talks, including the six-party talks, depending on the progress in its talks with the United States".
The North's Korean Central News Agency carried nearly identical comments. In the KCNA report, Mr Kim told Mr Wen that denuclearisation remained a goal.