N.Korea offer 'insufficient' to resume nuclear talks: US

24th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The United States said Wednesday that a reported North Korean offer to renounce nuclear testing would be insufficient to resume six-party nuclear disarmament talks.

The Kremlin said North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il, during a visit to Russia, told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that his government is ready to impose a moratorium on nuclear testing and spent nuclear fuel processing.

"If in fact they are now willing to refrain from nuclear testing and missile launches, this would be welcome but it would be insufficient," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

"If it's true, (it's a) welcome first step, but far from enough... to resume the six-party talks," Nuland said.

North Korea's disclosure last November of uranium enrichment facilities "remains a matter of serious concern" to Washington, because such activities violate UN Security Council resolutions, Nuland said.

Nuland said the United States would be in contact with Russia after Kim's visit to Russia ends.

© 2011 AFP

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