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South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se on Monday rejected "talks for the sake of talks" with North Korea, while urging it to fulfill the promises it has made to the international community on denuclearization.
"Talks for the sake of talks are nothing to be considered. North Korea should keep its promises made with the international community for its denuclearization and also show its sincerity with actions," Yun told a news conference.
Yun was commenting on North Korea's recent expression of its willingness to restart the six-party denuclearization talks in a bid to address issues on the Korean Peninsula, which was conveyed by a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting last week with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
North Korea "is ready to work with parties concerned to properly solve relevant issues through multiform dialogue and consultation, including the six-party talks," Choe Ryong Hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, was quoted by China's official Xinhua News Agency as telling Xi on Friday.
Choe's remarks marked the most visible shift by North Korea from its recent bellicose posture toward the United States and its allies.
But it remains to be seen whether the six-party talks, which are aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear ambitions, will resume any time soon.
The multilateral negotiations among the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia have been stalled since December 2008.