Return to six-party talks unconditionally: US to N Korea
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 09:26
Washington: The Obama administration on Monday insisted that North Korea should return "without precondition" to the six-party talks on its nuclear programme.

"Nothing has changed. Our position remains that North Korea should return to the six-party process without preconditions," Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, PJ Crowley, told reporters at his daily news briefing.

"The ball is in North Korea's court," Crowley said in response to a question.

"We have said if North Korea comes back to the six-party process and if it does begin to demonstrate and take affirmative steps towards denuclearisation, we would be prepared to have a wide-ranging bilateral or multilateral dialogue on other issues, and those could proceed within the six-party process as well," Crowley said.

The dialogue route is available to North Korea, but Pyongyang has to first commit to come back to the six-party process, the top official added. PTI

First Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 09:26

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