Wire: Obama Admin Capitulates to North Korea, Abandons 6-Party Talks
Off the Wire:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2009 -- Newswire services today reported that the U.S shifted policy Friday and said it is prepared to meet one-on-one with North Korea in an effort to bring Pyongyang back to negotiations over its nuclear program.
The decision follows a round of contacts by the U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, with other participants in the Chinese-sponsored six-party talks.
The State Department says it is now willing to hold a meeting without conditions to encourage the communist state to live up to previous disarmament commitments.
"It's designed to convince North Korea to come back to the six- party process and to take affirmative steps towards denuclearization," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said of the decision to meet.
North Korea has recently said it will never return to the nuke talks.
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(Report from newswire sources.)
US Ready for Bilateral Meeting With North Korea
US Shifts Policy, Willing to Meet 1-on-1 With North Korea
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