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US, SKorea to keep enforcing sanctions on NKorea
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 24 - 08 - 2009


South Korea and the United
States are showing no immediate signs of easing pressure on
North Korea despite a series of overtures by the communist
nation, including a reported offer of summit talks with the
rival South, AP reported.
North Korea, which had been stoking tensions with nuclear
and missile tests, has been markedly conciliatory toward
the U.S. and South Korea since freeing two American
journalists following a trip to Pyongyang by former
President Bill Clinton earlier this month.
It has since freed a South Korean worker it held for more
than four months, agreed to lift restrictions on border
crossings with the South, and pledged to resume suspended
joint inter-Korean projects and reunions of families
separated during the Korean War over five decades ago.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il also sent a delegation to
Seoul to mourn late former South Korean President Kim
Dae-jung. It was the first time North Korean officials have
visited the South since ties frayed badly after
conservative President Lee Myung-bak took office in Seoul
last year.
Despite the series of overtures from Pyongyang, Seoul and
Washington remained firm that they need to see North Korea
taking concrete steps on ending its nuclear programs before
they consider softening their stance on a nation known for
backtracking on agreements.
-- SPA


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