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U.S. not enthusiastic about NK-Japan talks

All Headlines 04:48 August 15, 2012

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government expressed its typically cautious view Tuesday over any talks involving North Korea, as Japan is set to hold its first government-level meeting with the communist country in four years.

"I think we have to see what will come of it," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a press briefing.

Nuland refused to directly say whether it is a positive sign for the two sides to resume negotiations in Beijing on Aug. 29.

Agenda items are expected to include the repatriation of the remains of Japanese nationals who died in North Korea during World War II and the fate of abductees.

It would mark the first formal governmental talks between Pyongyang and Tokyo since a young new leader, Kim Jong-un, took over power in North Korea last December and the liberal Democratic Party of Japan came to power.

Nuland stressed the U.S. is not a mere onlooker to the upcoming dialogue between the Asian nations.

"You know that we work on the North Korea issues in general in the context of the six-party talks," she said, referring to the now-stalled nuclear negotiations to end Pyongyang's nuclear program.

The talks also involve South Korea, China, and Russia.

"All of those countries have their own bilateral relationship with North Korea that they endeavor to use to support the general principles that we share," Nuland said.



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