US: No sign North Korea wants to reopen talks

Beijing – The chief US envoy for North Korea says that, despite Pyongyang’s freeing three American captives, the hard-line communist state’s leadership appears no closer to reopening a dialogue with the outside.

Ambassador Sung Kim said on Friday that the US and others still believe that six-nation talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear programmes are the best way to proceed. Kim said the US would also welcome talking directly with North Korea if there was a possibility of substantive discussions.

However, he told reporters in Beijing at the end of a regional visit that North Korea had ignored the opportunity for discussions offered by the release in October and November of the three Americans.

The six-party talks, also including Japan, Russia, China and South Korea, stalled six years ago after North Korea withdrew.


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