North Korea not closer to open talks with US

December 12, 2014 8:10 AM

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BEIJING – Despite North Korea's recent freeing of three American captives, the hardline communist state's leadership appears no closer to reopening a dialogue with the outside, the chief U.S. envoy for North Korea said Friday.

Ambassador Sung Kim said the U.S. and others still believe that six-nation talks on ending North Korea's nuclear programs are the best way to proceed. Kim said the U.S. would also welcome talking directly with North Korea if there was a possibility of substantive discussions.

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