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US, South Korea want to push bilateral talks with North

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(Read caption) US envoy Stephen Bosworth (l.) and South Korea's chief nuclear negotiator Wi Sung-lac attend talks at the latter's office in Seoul, on Wednesday.

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The United States and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to continue pressing the North to show its commitment to denuclearization before returning to the six-party talks.

The agreement came during a meeting between US special envoy to North Korea Stephen Bosworth and Seoul’s chief nuclear negotiator Wi Sung-lac in the South Korean capital on Wednesday, according to local media. While China and North Korea have been calling for a return to international nuclear talks, Bosworth’s visit suggests that smaller, bilateral meetings are needed before the six-party talks reopen.

"The South and the US shared an understanding that future six-party talks should not be talks for talks' sake and, more than anything else, that the North should show sincerity about denuclearization," a senior South Korean official who requested anonymity told Seoul’s Yonhap News Agency at the conclusion of Bosworth’s meeting. The official added that both sides concluded that improvement in inter-Korean relations was essential for the six-party talks to move forward.

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