North Korean charm offensive hinges on bilateral talks

After informal talks between representatives from North Korea and the U.S., North Korean officials made a formal appeal for bilateral talks with the U.S. over its nuclear program, taking to state airwaves to say that talks between Pyongyang and Washington should precede multiparty talks. U.S. officials maintain North Korea must resume six-party talks with South Korea, China, Japan and Russia, and further intends to enforce UN sanctions imposed after North Korea's May missile tests. Critics say North Korea's recent charm offensive disguises a desperate need for financial and food aid.

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