Saturday, October 28, 2006

US-NoKorea Talks Coming?

We'll just have to see if this comes to be:
The United States is willing to hold bilateral talks with North Korea on the condition it returns to the six-nation dialogue on ending its nuclear program, the US ambassador to Japan said.

North Korea, which declared on October 9 it had tested its first atomic bomb, has long sought one-on-one talks with US President George W. Bush's administration.

Bush administration officials have repeatedly met one-on-one with North Korea, but only on the sidelines of six-nation talks, which started in 2003.


North Korea stormed out of the talks -- which also included China, Japan, Russia and South Korea -- in November last year, to protest US sanctions on a Macau bank accused of laundering and counterfeiting money for Pyongyang.

Just two months before the boycott, North Korea agreed in general terms, at the fifth and last round of six-way talks, to give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for aid and security guarantees.

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