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White House says there's no change to North Korea policy; no talks for talks' sake Updated: 2014-09-01 04:03:53 KST

While there's speculation a U.S. official recently paid a visit to Pyongyang, the White House says it stands by its policy of only reviving talks with North Korea when the regime shows sincerity with actions.
National Security Council spokesperson Patrick Ventrell told South Korea's Yonhap News that Washington is open to sincere and trust-based talks with Pyongyang, but the regime must first display its readiness to denuclearize.
The spokesperson then urged the North to use a New York-based channel, instead of civilian routes as a means of communication with the U.S.
Reports of an informal meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials in Pyongyang and the North Korean foreign minister's scheduled attendance at the UN General Assembly later this month have fueled speculation of renewed dialogue between the two sides.
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