February 25, 2018 / 4:43 PM / a month ago

Korean talks depend on resolving North's nuclear program, U.S. says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Improved relations between South and North Korea hinge on resolving Pyongyang’s nuclear program, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday after North Korea said it was open to talks with the United States.

Intercontinental ballistic missiles are seen at a grand military parade celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) February 9, 2018. KCNA/via REUTERS/Files

“We are in close contact with the Republic of Korea about our unified response to North Korea. As President Moon stated, ‘the improvement of relations between North and South Korea cannot advance separately from resolving North Korea’s nuclear program,’” a State Department spokesman said.

Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Roberta Rampton

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