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US and S. Korea Waiting for Right Signals from N. Korea to Resume Talks Updated: 2011-12-29 12:00:00 KST

US and S. Korea Waiting for Right Signals from N. Korea to Resume Talks
South Korea's top nuclear envoy Lim Sung-nam who is in Washington for a two-day trip spoke to reporters after meetig his US counterpart Glyn Davies on Wednesday.


[Interview : Lim Sung-nam, Special Representative for Korea Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs] "Both countries see the need for the resumption of North Korean nuclear talks under the right circumstances."


Although Lim didn't elaborate about what those circumstances were he emphasized that it's up to North Korea to send the right signals.


[Interview : Lim Sung-nam, Special Representative for Korea Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs] "Basically if North Korea sends the right signals, the U.S. is more than ready to resume talks."


The US State Department echoed this view as well.
During an informal press briefing Wednesday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington is waiting for signals from Pyeongyang before discussions on its "nutritional aid" program for North Korea as well as bilateral dialogue can begin.
He added that the U.S. will closely monitor North Korea's new leadership under Kim Jong-un for the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Sung Kim, took an unofficial trip to the U.S. on Wednesday raising speculations on whether his visit was to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula after Kim Jong-il's death.
An official from the US State Department has denied the speculation, however, saying the ambassador is just taking a vacation.
Kim Han-ul, Arirang News.
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