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U.S., Japan open to talks with N. Korea

Lowering nuclear tensions a key condition, Kerry says

Posted: April 15, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.

North Korean soldiers stand guard inside Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Stadium on Sunday for the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon to mark today’s birthday of the late leader Kim Il Sung.

The United States and Japan opened the door Sunday to new nuclear talks with North Korea if the country lowered tensions and honored past agreements, even as the North rejected South Korea’s latest offer of dialogue as a “crafty trick.”

U.S., Japan raise chance of N. Korea nuclear talks

The United States and Japan offered new talks with North Korea to resolve the over its nuclear and missile programs, but said the reclusive communist government first must lower tensions and honor previous agreements. (By The Associated Press)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is joined by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida during a joint news conference Sunday... (By: SHIZUO KAMBAYASHI) (Credit: AP)

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