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U.N. Envoy: NKorea Not 'Eager' For Nuke Talks

Friday, 12 Feb 2010 10:31 AM

BEIJING — UN special envoy Lynn Pascoe said Friday, after a visit to Pyongyang, that North Korea was "not eager" to return to six-nation nuclear disarmament talks.

"They certainly are not happy with the sanctions and they certainly were not eager -- not ruling out but not eager -- to return to the six-party talks," Pascoe told a news conference in Beijing.

He visited communist North Korea as intense diplomatic efforts are made to persuade the North's leadership to resume nuclear talks that it broke off last April.

North Korea's envoy to the talks, Kim Kye-Gwan, has also been in Beijing to meet Chinese officials. China, South Korea, Japan, Russia and the United States have been trying to persuade the North to disarm.

After quitting the disarmament forum last April, North Korea defiantly staged its second atomic weapons test the following month, resulting in tougher UN sanctions.

It insists these should be lifted before talks resume, and also wants a US commitment to hold discussions about a permanent peace treaty between the two sides.

The 1950-53 Korean War, in which the United States led the international force under the UN flag, has never been officially ended.

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BEIJING — UN special envoy Lynn Pascoe said Friday, after a visit to Pyongyang, that North Korea was "not eager" to return to six-nation nuclear disarmament talks.
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