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US, N.Korea to hold first talks after leader death

US, N.Korea to hold first talks after leader death

WASHINGTON: A senior US envoy will hold talks this month in Beijing with North Korea, resuming a dialogue put on hold last year by the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, the State Department said Monday. Glyn Davies, the coordinator for US policy in North Korea, will meet in Beijing on February 23 with North Korean negotiator Kim Kye-Gwan, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters. The United States has been exploring a resumption of six-nation denuclearisation talks with North Korea but has insisted that Pyongyang respect a 2005 agreement at the talks to give up its atomic weapons. "I think the question is whether they are prepared to respond to what we are looking for in order to get back to talks. So that's what we're looking to find out in Beijing," Nuland told reporters. Nuland said that the United States wanted to see signs from North Korea on whether "it...

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