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North Korea Showed Pragmatism in Pulling Back, Richardson Says

North Korea indicated a willingness to avoid further confrontation with South Korea and resume talks on its nuclear program, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said today after an unofficial visit to the Communist country.

“I noticed a pragmatic attitude on their part, a more realistic attitude,” Richardson told reporters in Beijing, according to a transcript provided by AP Television. “When I pushed hard for non-retaliation, I saw a little bit of movement in a positive direction.”