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Topic - Sung Kim
President Obama defined his approach to dealing with dictators in his first inaugural address, telling tyrants he would "extend a hand" if they unclench their fists.
The new U.S. ambassador to South Korea tried to stay out of the country's bruising politics in his first public speech Tuesday but ended up being dragged into a bitter fight over U.S.-Korea trade.
China must respond firmly to a violation by North Korea of commitments made by Pyongyang during the course of six-party nuclear negotiations, present and former U.S. officials said on Monday.
"Every time [North Korea] carries out another provocative act, it further isolates itself and impedes trust-building," he said.
"The United States is still open to authentic and credible negotiations," Ambassador Sung Kim said Wednesday. "We are willing to extend our hand, but we need a willing partner."