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S. Korea, U.S. Stress Improvement in Inter-Korean Relationship Comes First Updated: 2012-02-25 00:00:00 KST

South Korea and the United States reaffirmed their joint position that inter-Korean relations will first need to improve, before North Korea can improve relations with any other country.

[Interview : Glyn Davies, U.S. special representative on N. Korea] "I obviously made the point, and I made it quite early in our talk with the DPRK, that it is very important to us that the DPRK find a way to improve its relations with the Republic of Korea."

Glyn Davies, the U.S. negotiator at the six-party denuclearization talks, came to Seoul on Saturday to talk about the high-level discussions he had with the North in Beijing this week.

He said the talks were meaningful and useful in resolving the North's nuclear issue peacefully, and South Korea's top nuclear envoy, Lim Sung-nam said that the North needs to back up its words with action.

As for a possible aid-for-denuclearization deal between the U.S. and the North, Davies did admit that the North brought up a resumption of U.S. food aid.
He however added that there is no direct linkage between food assistance and the nuclear issue.

[Reporter : Choi You-sun] "The U.S. representative spoke positively about the North's new leadership having met with the U.S. soon after it came to power. The six parties will now assess progress made in Beijing and decide where to go next.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News."
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