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North Korea ‘may return to talks’

North Korea says it may be willing to return to six-party international talks on its nuclear weapons programme, state media has reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is said to have made the announcement to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who is currently visiting Pyongyang.

But Pyongyang said the return would be dependent on the progress of its planned bilateral talks with the US.

The US says it remains ready to engage with North Korea.

A US state department spokesman said the aim for Washington was to convince Pyongyang to take the path to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

The spokesman said this remained the core objective, and that the multi-party process was the best mechanism for achieving that.

Original post credit: BBC News

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