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North Korea Says It Wants To Resume Nuclear Talks Soon

North Korea has said it wants to see nuclear disarmament talks resume soon and "without preconditions."

The Foreign Ministry statement came after a senior North Korean diplomat visited New York last week for talks with U.S. officials.

The six-party talks involve North and South Korea, China, Russia, Japan, and the United States.

North Korea pulled out of the talks in April 2009, a month before it carried out its second nuclear test.

The Foreign Ministry said on August 1 that the government was ready to fulfill its commitments under an agreement it signed in 2005 to end its nuclear program in return for economic aid.

compiled from agency reports