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The Dec. 8-10 visit to Pyongyang by the U.S. special representative for North Korean policy, Stephen Bosworth, did not produce a concrete result on the issue of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The United States and North Korea reached “common understandings” on the need to resume the stalled six-party talks but, as U.S. State Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, “it does remain to be seen whether and when the North Koreans will return to the six-party talks.”

Attention should be paid to the fact that immediately after Mr. Bosworth’s visit, the North Korean Foreign Ministry confirmed that the two sides reached a common understanding on both the importance of a September 2005 agreement reached under the six-party talks, which reaffirmed that the goal of the talks is the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as well as on the need to resume the talks.

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