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U.S. Envoy in Beijing Broaches Talks with N.Korea

By Lee Kil-seong | December 07, 2017 10:15

The U.S. is willing to talk with North Korea if it stops further nuclear or missile tests, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said on Wednesday

He was talking to a Bloomberg TV reporter on the sidelines of the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou.

"If they announce that they're not going to be doing any more nuclear tests and they're not going to be launching any more missiles... I think there's an opportunity for us to get back to the bargaining table," Branstad said.

He called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's pursuit of nuclear weapons "the biggest threat to humankind right now" and urged China to cut off oil supplies to the regime to prevent it from continuing its nuclear weapons program.

International sanctions against the North are "starting to have an impact," he said, but added, "We believe we need to go further."
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