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Mr. Kerry later told reporters traveling with him that a resumption of six-party talks would require North Koreans “to indicate their willingness to move toward denuclearization and come into compliance with the international standards” they’d agreed to.
He declined to specify what steps North Koreans would have to take, beyond saying that “they have to take some actions,” the extent of which he would discuss “with folks back in Washington.”
The secretary of state did say the Obama administration was open to possible “back channel” talks with North Korea but that he could not — and should not — elaborate on them.
“There are certain channels that we can reach out to,” Mr. Kerry said. “I’m not going to say that we have or haven’t at this point in time.”
“We are certainly always prepared to avail ourselves of them,” he said, adding that he “grew up in an age when I watched what happened with President Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis where war was averted because people were willing to keep the back channel open and be creative.”
“We now celebrate it, but if it had been advertised ahead of time it probably would have been vilified and possibly even prevented.”
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About the Author
Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper’s State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He’s also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.
His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.
Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was ...
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