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N. Korea says it supports dialogue but will never "beg" for it

All Headlines 17:56 December 16, 2010

By Sam Kim

SEOUL, Dec. 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Thursday it supports dialogue aimed at defusing regional tensions and denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, but will "never beg" for it, as New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson landed in the communist state.

North Korea's foreign ministry also accused the United States of breaching trust in the six-nation denuclearization-for-aid deal in 2005, reiterating its claim that its uranium enrichment program serves a "peaceful" purpose.

"We support all proposals for dialogue such as six-party talks that arise from the desire to prevent war on the Korean Peninsula and achieve denuclearization, but we will never beg for dialogue," an unnamed ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

In a separate dispatch, the KCNA said Richardson landed in the capital, Pyongyang, but did not give details. He is on a private trip aimed at taming regional tensions sparked by the North's deadly bombardment of a South Korean border island on Nov. 23.

samkim@yna.co.kr
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