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S. Korea willing to consider regularizing nuclear talks
SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is willing to consider holding six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programs on a regular basis if Pyongyang demonstrates denuclearization commitments through action and the stalled negotiating process resumes, an official said Monday.

   Foreign Ministry spokesman Kim Young-sun made the remark after a report said that China's chief nuclear negotiator Wu Dawei had proposed during trips to Japan and the United States in August and September that the six-party talks be held every month.

   Officials involved in the nuclear talks have held discussions on the negotiating process, and there was also an "exchange of opinions" on the need to hold the negotiations on a regular basis "as a way to strengthen the six-party system," Kim said.

   "But it should be an issue that should be dealt with after the six-party talks resume," Kim said. "North Korea should first demonstrate sincere denuclearization commitments through specific actions so as to win trust from related countries and the international community."

   Should the nuclear talks reopen, the issue of regularly convening the forum could be discussed in order to sustain the momentum for dialogue, Kim said.

   The six-party talks, involving the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, have been stalled since the last session in December 2008 due to a North Korean boycott. Prospects for reopening the process have diminished in the wake of a March sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang. The North denies any role in the sinking.

   Pyongyang has indicated its willingness to return to the negotiating table in recent months, but Seoul and Washington have urged the North to take responsibility for the ship sinking and prove through action that it is serious about abandoning its nuclear weapons.

   jschang@yna.co.kr
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