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S. Korea-US Reaffirm Views on N. Korean Issue Updated: 2011-01-05 00:00:00 KST

Enhancing inter-Korean relations and Pyeongyang's sincere commitment to denuclearization.
Those were the preconditions for resuming the six-party talks that Seoul and Washington's representatives reaffirmed at a meeting of a team headed by the US point man on North Korea Stephen Bosworth and South Korea's top negotiator Wi Sung-lac in Seoul on Wednesday.
The US delegation is reportedly traveling East Asia this week to gather the six-party members' present stance on the nuclear disarmament dialogue before the summit of the American and Chinese presidents in two weeks time.
And a high-ranking official in Seoul said the two sides agreed to first work together to make progress in improving the strained relations on the Korean peninsula, while joining efforts to secure the conditions that would allow a productive atmosphere for the multilateral dialogue.
Such conditions would likely include the North halting all of its nuclear development programs, reopening access for international inspectors to its nuclear facility and abiding by the 2005 six-party joint agreement.
The gravity of Pyeongyang's uranium enrichment initiatives is also known to have been highlighted by both parties, where discussions focused on Seoul and Washington mobilizing their diplomatic resources to induce some sort of a fundamental response from the international community.
And amid speculations of a shift towards returning to the dialogue, the official said there has always been a two-track approach of negotiations and applying pressure on North Korea.


[Reporter : Choi You-sun
yschoi@arirang.co.kr] "Bosworth's latest visit has provided a venue for the two allies to exchange views on the current state of regional affairs and the way to move forward with North Korea's denuclearization process. Seoul, for its part, reemphasized mending its ties with Pyeongyang should be first priority in addressing the nuclear issue.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News."
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