White House Wants “Action” Before Talks With N. Korea

A day after Pyongyang proposed high-level talks with Washington, the Obama administration on Sunday said North Korea must dismantle its nuclear program before the United States agrees to holding face-to-face meetings. “Those talks have to be real,” said White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, in an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation”. “We’ll judge them by their actions, not by the nice words that we heard yesterday.” The National Security Council struck a similar chord Sunday, saying the Obama administration wants “credible negotiations” with North Korea. The U.S., along with Japan and South Korea, are expected to discuss the North's invitation in Washington this week, according to The Associated Press.

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