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U.S. Pushing North Korea on Nuclear Plant, Arms Talks

The U.S. is coordinating a response to evidence that North Korea has advanced its nuclear program and is taking steps to pressure Kim Jong Il’s regime back to negotiations, a White House spokesman said.

“The North Koreans have to be serious about living up to their obligations” to dismantle their nuclear-weapons program if they expect progress in negotiations toward more normal relations with other countries, press secretary Robert Gibbs told a White House briefing yesterday. “We do not wish to talk simply for the sake of talking.”