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N. Korea seeks direct U.S. talks

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- North Korean officials Monday called on the United States to engage in one-on-one talks, warning it will forge its own road if Washington doesn't respond.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said now is the time for the United States to decide on the matter, since North Korea said this was a condition for its return to so-called six-party talks on nuclear disarmament, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported. The six-party talks involve China, Japan, Russia, the United States, North Korea and South Korea.

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"As (North Korea) was magnanimous enough to clarify the stand that it is possible to hold multilateral talks including the six-party talks depending on the talks with the U.S., now (it) is the U.S.'s turn," an ministry spokesperson told the country's state-run news agency.

If U.S. officials aren't prepared for one-on-one discussions, North Korea will "go its own way," the spokesperson added.

After months of provocations that included long-range rocket and nuclear testing, North Korea invited Stephen Bosworth, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, to visit Pyongyang, Yonhap reported. U.S. officials said if Bosworth goes to Pyongyang, it would be aimed solely at restarting multilateral nuclear talks.

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