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Russia wants no nukes in North Korea

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Russia's top nuclear envoy said Tuesday a common view is needed in order to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin said members of the six-party talks "should work together toward an agreement in opinion" on denuclearizing North Korea and preventing the regime from conducting more nuclear tests, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

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Borodavkin is visiting South Korea for three days of talks that began Monday.

He met with the South's new Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, who said Seoul is willing to engage with North Korea if the North is sincere about wanting to end its nuclear program.

North Korea recently suggested it would return to the six-party talks after walking out in December 2008 to protest sanctions imposed by the United Nations.

Borodavkin said his country gave North Korea $100 million in aid in 2005 so it would commit to getting rid of its nuclear program.

"This should not happen again," he said.

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