US, Japan, and S. Korea united on stance on N. Korea

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 6, 2010 23:44




WASHINGTON — In a show of unity, the US, Japan and Korea are demanding that North Korea stop provoking Seoul and take concrete steps to reverse its nuclear weapons program.

At a news conference with her Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said they agree that there should be no direct talks with North Korea until it changes course.

Clinton said China's proposal for a resumption of nuclear talks with North Korea is "appreciated" by the US, Japan and South Korea. But she said that should not happen until North Korea halts what she described as "provocative and belligerent" behavior, following the deadly shelling last month of a South Korean island.


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