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Obama, Lee Urge North Korea to Resume Nuclear Negotiations

On the last day of his Asian tour, US President Barack Obama held a joint press conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to urge North Korea to resume the stalled six-party talks between China, South Korea, North Korea, the United States, Russia and Japan. Speaking during the conference, Obama stated that he and Lee agree that they want to “break the pattern that existed in the past, in which North Korea behaves in a provocative fashion, and then is willing to return to talk … and then that leads to seeking further concessions.”

Obama also pledged that an envoy including the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy Stephen Bosworth would visit Pyongyang on December 8 to discuss the nuclear standoff. Lee and Obama promised North Korea substantial economic aid if the reclusive nation renounced its nuclear program. For more information see: Obama urges North Korea to disarm; Obama urges North Korea to change.

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