Kissinger: Step up pace of N. Korean nuclear talks

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Sunday urged diplomats working to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons to set a "determined pace" in negotiations that, along with the Iranian nuclear standoff, "may well determine the prospects of world order." Kissinger, writing in The Washington Post, said the United States, China, South Korea, Russia and Japan must "maintain the sanctions that helped bring a breakthrough and not repeat the mistake of the Korean and Vietnamese wars of suspending pressures as an entrance price into negotiations." Following an Oct. 9 nuclear test that triggered international economic sanctions, North Korea agreed to return to the six-nation talks, which it has boycotted for a year. However, no date has yet been set for their resumption.