With growing speculation over whether the United States will hold another round of high-level talks with North Korea, US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michael Hammer said Monday that, Washington is consulting with South Korea, China, Russia and Japan about the "opportunity" of holding additional talks with North Korea.
Talking to reporters in New York, Hammer said the US is trying to see if there is the possibility of holding talks with North Korea after last week's nuclear talks between South and North Korea in China.
He said however that in order for the talks to take place, Pyeongyang must take a number of necessary steps, including abiding by its nuclear commitments and making credible moves toward denuclearization.
Regarding US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's meeting with her Chinese counterpart in New York Monday, Hammer said, Clinton called on Beijing to redouble its efforts to urge Pyeongyang into taking those steps.
Meanwhile, US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said the US does not have enough examples or evidence that shows Pyeongyang is serious about nuclear disarmament and constructive dialogue.
The spokesman also said Washington hopes North Korea can play an important part in improving relations with South Korea
Lee Ji-yoon, Arirang News.