DPRK considers return to nuke talks

2009-10-07 08:54 BJT

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DPRK top leader, Kim Jong Il, says Pyongyang is ready to return to multilateral nuclear discussions, including the six-party talks.

But the offer will depend on the progress of its one-on-one meeting with the US. Despite the precondition, all related countries have welcomed the announcement.

Kim Jong Il made the offer to return to nuclear talks while meeting with Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao in Pyongyang.

State media in the DPRK largely reported Kim's latest position on restarting negotiations.

KRT Newsreader, DPRK, said, "The hostile relations between the DPRK and the US should be converted into peaceful ties through bilateral talks. We expressed our readiness to hold multilateral discussions, depending on the outcome of the DPRK-US talks. The six-party talks are also included in the multilateral meetings."

In response, the US says it is willing to hold bilateral talks with the DPRK within the framework of the six-party negotiations.