U.S. says it needs sign of sincerity from North Korea to resume talks

The most important thing the U.S. is looking for from North Korea in resuming the Six-Party Talks of denuclearization is a sign of sincerity, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

Glyn Davies, the special representative for North Korea policy with the State Department, made the remarks on Friday during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea. When asked how close the Six Parties were in resuming the talks about North Korea, Davies said the U.S. has no interest in going back to the talks unless North Korea shows it understands its international obligations.

"The single most important thing that we are looking for from North Korea is a sign of its sincerity, that it understands that it must fulfill its obligations to denuclearize, obligations it has made repeatedly," Davies said. "We have no interest in going back to Six-Party Talks absent concrete indications that North Korea is ready to give up its nuclear weapons, because that is the primary purpose of the Six-Party Talks process."

Davies said the U.S. is looking for strong indications that North Korea is prepared to move forward and take steps toward denuclearization. He said the U.S. is not yet convinced of North Korea's readiness to make progress.

"So far, they are absent, so we call on North Korea to move meaningfully in the direction of the demands that have been made by the international community to give up its nuclear weapons," Davies said.