U.S. needs "clear signals" North Korea serious about talks: White House

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:07pm EDT

A North Korean soldier looks out of the window of a guard tower, on the banks of Yalu River, about 100 km (62 miles) from the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, April 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jacky Chen

A North Korean soldier looks out of the window of a guard tower, on the banks of Yalu River, about 100 km (62 miles) from the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, April 16, 2013.

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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The United States remains open to "authentic and credible" negotiations with North Korea, but the country would first need to show it is serious about abandoning its nuclear ambitions, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.

"So far, we have not seen that," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One. "The belligerent actions and words that we've seen emanating from the North Korean regime actually indicate the opposite."

"We're open to credible, authentic negotiations, but that's going to require clear signals from the North Korean regime, signals we haven't seen so far," Earnest said.

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (3)
americanguy wrote:
I posted a couple of days ago that a prime suspect in the bombing should be North Korea since the bombing happened on the greatest holiday in North Korea, the birthday of Kim Jung Un’s grandfather. Crash686 (or some stupid screen name like that)the baby TROLL, posted I was an idiot.
Now comes this from several news sources.
“BOSTON MASSACRE 2013
New suspect in Boston bombing: North Korea
Pyongyang’s history includes terror proxies, links to al-Qaida”
According to several news reports, the bombing was done by an important Saudi student with ties to Al Qaeda and with help from North Korea. The Student is being deported instead of arrested apparently so we won’t find out the truth behind the bombing. Reports also say that Boston officials and CNN were told by Washington to back off the story about an arrest. Now some patsy will probably be set up and killed in a “gun fight with police” to close the case.

Apr 18, 2013 11:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lemming wrote:
Why should the United States continue with Foreign Aid to N. Korea? Why doesn’t King Obama realize it’s a common practice with N. Korea to extort the E.U. and U.S. for money and food? The United States leadership continues to fund communism, terrorism and continues on with “empty threats” to those with gross human rights violations. Disgusting!

Apr 18, 2013 11:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
and again reuters felt the need to eliminate my comment, I’m truly glad I don’t pay for this rag…

Apr 18, 2013 4:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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