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U.S. to North Korea: Show 'serious commitment' to denuclearization

A senior U.S. diplomat told reporters in Seoul that Six-Party Talks should not be resumed without assurance of Pyongyang's "serious commitment."

By JC Finley
American MIM-23 Hawk Missiles (Soviet Scud-B Ballistic Missile in background) are on display at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul are on January 28, 2013. UPI/Stephen Shaver
American MIM-23 Hawk Missiles (Soviet Scud-B Ballistic Missile in background) are on display at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul are on January 28, 2013. UPI/Stephen Shaver | License Photo

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A senior U.S. diplomat called on North Korea to "demonstrate their serious commitment to denuclearization" as a prerequisite for the resumption of Six-Party Talks.

The Six-Party Talks, which have involved China, Japan, North and South Korea, Russia and the United States, were initiated after North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003. The talks were suspended after North Korea stepped away from the negotiating table in late 2008.

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U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Sung Kim told reporters Friday in Seoul that the other party members should be cautious about restarting the talks without assurance of Pyongyang's "serious commitment."

Kim's remarks echoed those of South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Hwang Joon-kook who told reporters during a recent visit to Russia that the North must indicate that it's willing to engage in "constructive dialogue" in order for Seoul to resume the Six-Party Talks.

For now, Kim observed, "they [North Korea] have shown very little interest in engaging us in a substantive manner on the important topic of denuclearization."

Kim was accompanied by U.S. Special Envoy for Six-Party Talks Sydney Seiler and Director for Korea at the National Security Council Allison Hooker. The U.S. delegation will travel to Tokyo on Dec. 8 and Beijing on Dec. 10 for additional discussions about North Korea policy.

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