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N Korea offers 'high-level talks' with US

Proposed discussions are on offer with Washington to help ease tensions on the peninsula, Pyongyang's state media says.

Last Modified: 16 Jun 2013 02:37
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North Korea has recently threatened nuclear and missile strikes against the US [File: EPA]

North Korea has proposed high-level talks with the United States aimed at discussing nuclear weapons programmes and easing of tension on the peninsula, state media said.

"We propose high-level talks between the North and the US to secure peace and stability in the region and ease tension on the Korean peninsula," the North's National Defence Commission said in a statement on Sunday, carried by the Korean Central News Agency.

The North is willing to have "serious discussions on a wide range of issues, including the US goal to achieve the world free of nuclear arsenal", it said, urging the US to set the time and venue for the talks.

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