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2010/01/18 17:17 KST
(2nd LD) N. Korea says sanctions must be lifted before nuclear talks resume

SEOUL, Jan. 18 (Yonhap) -- North Korea reaffirmed its stance Monday that it will not return to international negotiations on its nuclear arms programs unless sanctions on it are removed.

The statement by an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesperson came less than a week after the U.S. said the removal of sanctions can only be considered after the North returns to the six-nation talks that also group South Korea, Japan, China and Russia.