China: NKorea ready to make nuclear commitment

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Associated Press

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 21 at 12:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's foreign minister is pushing for the restart of international talks on North Korea's nuclear program, saying that Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng) is ready to recommit to the goal of denuclearization.

North Korea withdrew from the aid-for-disarmament talks in 2009 and over the past year has made clear it wants to be treated as a nuclear weapons state.

But Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday the North has recently said it is ready to come back to a 2005 commitment on giving up nuclear weapons and to an agreement it reached with the United States in February last year on freezing its nuclear programs in exchange for food aid.

That agreement fell through soon after it was hatched because North Korea tested a long-range rocket. The U.S. remains skeptical about Pyongyang's intentions.

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