April 16, 2010 08:07
The U.S. will start discussions on the resumption of six-party nuclear talks with North Korea once it is known what caused the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan to sink in the West Sea on March 26, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
Kurt Campbell, the U.S. assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, made the remarks when he met reporters after a seminar hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. When asked about the resumption of the six-party talks, he said, "Let's find out what happened in the sinking of the corvette" first.
"At this juncture, we told our South Korean friends that our primary objective is to work with them on the recovery of the ship," he said. "And at that point we will be able to make some judgments about the way forward."
"We want to be very clear that there is a complete agreement between South Korea and the United States about next steps, if there are to be next steps given recent developments," he added.
After the Cheonan sank, Campbell visited Seoul, where he discussed bilateral cooperation in the wake of the sinking with South Korean officials.
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