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U.S. open to dialogue with North Korea, but Pyongyang must take steps -State Department
March 8, 2017 / 9:15 PM / 9 months ago

U.S. open to dialogue with North Korea, but Pyongyang must take steps -State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is open to a dialogue with North Korea on denuclearising the Korean peninsula, but the onus is on Pyongyang to take “meaningful actions” toward that end and to refrain from provocative acts, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the Headquarters of Large Combined Unit 966 of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 1, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said China’s proposal that the United States and South Korea halt their annual military exercises in exchange for a suspension of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs was not a “viable deal.”

“This is apples and oranges,” he said. “What we’re doing in terms of our defence cooperation with South Korea is in no way comparable to the blatant disregard that North Korea has shown with respect to international law.”

Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Writing by David Alexander

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