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2006-07-21 21:56:42

TOKYO (Reuters) - China has signaled its reluctance to hold five-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions in Malaysia next week, if the reclusive communist state refuses to meet, Japanese media reported on Saturday. Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing expressed Beijing's view to a senior Japanese diplomat in Beijing on Friday, Japanese media quoted Japanese Foreign Ministry officials as saying. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said on Friday Washington was...

2006-07-13 06:47:27

By Jack Kim PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - Efforts to bring North Korea back to disarmament talks were in tatters on Thursday as Pyongyang stormed out of a meeting with the South and a senior U.S. diplomat left the region after a week of shuttle diplomacy. The deadlock threw the spotlight back on wrangling over a U.N. resolution censuring North Korea for its July 5 missile tests, which has pitted Japan against China and Russia. Kyodo news agency reported that Japan was now prepared...

2006-07-12 02:22:39

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. diplomat Christopher Hill said on Wednesday North Korea's response to Chinese diplomacy to defuse a missile crisis was "discouraging" but Beijing's efforts would continue. Hill told reporters that bilateral talks between Washington and Pyongyang were not an option and that six-party talks involving the two Koreas, the United States, Japan, Russia and China were the only way to go. "It remains very unclear whether the DPRK (North Korea) is interested" in...

2006-07-07 11:48:11

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea considers sanctions against it as a declaration of war, its deputy ambassador to the United Nations was quoted as saying by South Korea's Yonhap news agency late on Friday. Han Song-ryol's comments repeat Pyongyang's previous position but come as the U.N. Security Council discusses possible sanctions after the North fired seven missiles on Wednesday, including a long-range Taepodong-2, which failed. "There is no change to our position that sanctions...

2006-07-07 05:43:09

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior U.S. envoy said on Friday that China and the United States were in broad agreement that North Korea's missile launches were a "provocative act" and added Washington would take measures to protect itself. Christopher Hill began an Asian tour on Friday to press Washington's case that Pyongyang must be brought to heel, as North Korea lashed out at Japan for imposing sanctions over this week's barrage of missile tests. "There is broad agreement on the fact...

2006-07-05 10:56:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The six-party talks over North Korea's nuclear program are the way to resolve the issue of North Korea's test firing of a series of missiles, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday. Rice, speaking to reporters, said it was "incumbent" on the North Koreans to use the infrastructure of the talks.

2006-07-05 09:05:16

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States wants to use diplomacy to get North Korea to "step back" and rejoin six-party talks over its nuclear program, the White House said on Wednesday. "The key point is to figure out a diplomatic way to get the North Koreans to step back and rejoin the six-party talks," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters, speaking about North Korea's missile tests and referring to six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

2006-07-05 08:51:34

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will not allow the leader of North Korea to turn the missile launch crisis into a bilateral issue between Washington and Pyongyang, the White House said on Wednesday. The United States is "trying to figure out the proper way to move forward in dealing with North Korea," and consulting with allies, White House spokesman Tony Snow said. "This is not a U.S.-North Korea issue and we are not going to permit the leader of North Korea to transform it...

2006-07-04 05:11:14

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, eager to revive six-party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear programs, is sending a senior official to Pyongyang next week, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. Vice Premier Hui Liangyu is to visit North Korea on Monday as part of a delegation to mark the 45th anniversary of a friendship treaty between the two countries, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular news conference. She did not say what topics Hui's meetings would...

2006-07-03 10:16:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's vow to react with a nuclear strike if the United States launched an attack was "deeply hypothetical," the White House said on Monday. In a war of words with Washington over North Korea's suspected plans to test-fire a long-range missile, Pyongyang promised an "annihilating strike" if attacked by the United States. "It is a statement about what may happen if something that hasn't happened, happened ... it is still deeply hypothetical," White House...