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Nuke Talks Stalled by S. Korea Warship Sinking

Friday, 16 April 2010 09:49 AM

SEOUL - The international efforts to revive the six-party talks on North Korea's denuclearization face a stumbling block amid indications that the communist state was involved in last month's sinking of the South Korean Navy's frigate Cheonan near the western sea border with the North.

The United States has said a thorough investigation of the disaster should come before further efforts to resume the talks, which have been stalled since early last year, when the North walked away in response to the sanctions imposed by the U.N. for its second nuclear test.

The South Korean military's announcement Friday that an external blast is the likely cause of the sinking ? which indicates a North Korean attack ? is likely to cast a dark shadow over the relations between Pyongyang and Washington.

The U.S. State Department said Thursday that North Korean involvement in the incident would undermine efforts to resume the multilateral talks.

"We are looking to see what North Korea is prepared to do (to return to the talks), but obviously North Korea's behavior in the region has an impact in terms of creating the atmosphere for the six-party process to move forward," spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters in Washington, D.C.

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