Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

South Korea cool to talks with North

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Monday played down North Korea's apparent interest in a new round of disarmament talks, with Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se saying such dialogue would only be worthwhile if Pyongyang first showed "sincere" intent to denuclearize.

The South's skepticism about the talks, shared by the United States, underscores the major stumbling blocks still facing any effort to reboot the negotiations.

China last week tried to revive hopes for the talks during a visit to Beijing by a personal envoy of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. The envoy, Choe Ryong Hae, faced pressure from Chinese officials to resume talks, and was quoted by Chinese state media as saying the North was "willing to accept the suggestion."

That sentiment, though, was never mentioned in the North's state media coverage of the visit.

The talks have been on hold for more than four years.

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