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Biden: U.S. ready to engage with North Korea, but only if talks 'genuine'

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is ready to engage in dialogue with North Korea, but only if Pyongyang is prepared for "genuine" negotiations and commits to giving up its nuclear ambitions, Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday.

In a speech on U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific region ahead of a trip next week to India and Singapore, Biden noted that North Korea had recently called for dialogue with the United States.

Biden said the United States would not countenance what he described as a pattern of North Korea invoking crises only to insist on being rewarded for stopping provocative actions.

"As my mother would say, 'We've seen this movie before,'" Biden said with a chuckle.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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