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Clinton says US government committed to six-party talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that the Obama administration is committed to working through the six-party talks for the normalization of relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) if the country totally abandons its nuclear weapons program.

Clinton made the remarks while addressing an audience at Asia Society New York Headquarters yesterday afternoon, two days before she starts a four-nation Asian tour including China.

"I will discuss with South Korea, Japan and China how best to get the negotiations back on track. We believe we have an opportunity to move these discussions forward. But it is incumbent upon North Korea to avoid any provocative action and unhelpful rhetoric towards South Korea," Clinton said.

She said the DPRK "has committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and to return at an early date to the Treaty on Non-proliferation of Nuclear weapons. We continue to hold them to those commitments."

Clinton said if the DPRK is prepared to "completely and verifiably" abandon their nuclear program, the Obama administration will be willing to normalize bilateral relations with the country.

She added that the United States will assist DPRK in meeting the energy and other economic needs of the country if they have done so.

The six-party talks, involving the DPRK, the United States, South Korea, China, Japan and Russia, have been focusing on the settlement of nuclear issues on the Korean peninsula since August 2003.


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