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N Korea denuclearisation commitment key to talks: Diplomats

Senior diplomats agree that N Korea should first show clear denuclearisation commitment.

Seoul: Senior diplomats from South
Korea, the United States and Japan have agreed that North
Korea should first show a clear commitment on its
denuclearisation before the resumption of six-party nuclear
talks, Yonhap News Agency reported today.

"We`ve agreed that for now, it is not urgent to resume
dialogue and what is important is to ensure North Korea`s
denuclearisation intent clearly," an unidentified South Korean
foreign ministry official was quoted as saying.

The official was briefing on the meeting, held in
Seoul yesterday night, between South Korea`s chief nuclear
envoy Wi Sung Lac, US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt
Campbell and Japanese nuclear negotiator Akitaka Saiki.

"The common view now is that North Korea`s attitude on
the Cheonan issue has not changed, and as to denuclearisation,
North Korea has not changed on fundamental issues," the
official reportedly said.

Tensions between the two Koreas escalated after the
deadly sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in March,
which Seoul blames on Pyongyang.

The six-way talks, involving the two Koreas, the
United States, China, Japan and Russia, have been deadlocked
since December 2008.

In a departure from its past stance, North Korea has
expressed its willingness to return to the stalled nuclear

As for the sinking of the South Korean warship, the UN
Security Council issued a statement earlier this month in
which it condemned the attack, but stopped short of explicitly
identifying the North as the perpetrator.


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