Clinton says 6-party talks only if North-South ties improve

July 23, 2011 05:51

NUSA DUA, Indonesia - North Korea must take steps to improve relations with South Korea before any resumption of six-party talks on its nuclear program, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday.   

Clinton said the United States was encouraged by a preliminary meeting between North and South Korean officials on the sidelines of an Asia security conference on Friday, but added that Pyongyang must still prove it has changed course for the talks to resume.   

"We urge North Korea to demonstrate a change in behavior, including ceasing provocative actions, taking steps toward irreversible de-nuclearization and complying with its commitments," Clinton said in remarks to the ASEAN Regional Forum.

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