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U.S. to start new dialogue with DPRK next week: former official

(Xinhua)

09:16, October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. will start the second round of dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( DPRK) next week in Geneva, a former U.S. official familiar with the process said on Wednesday.

"At the same time, the U.S. will announce that special envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth will step down and will be replaced by Glyn Davies," Victor Cha, former U.S. deputy envoy to the six-party talks, said in an email to reporters.

Cha, now an expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the meeting in Geneva follows a first round of dialogue between the U.S. and DPRK in New York in late July.

He said the reason for the U.S. to return to dialogue is to see "whether the North is amenable" to taking the "pre-steps" laid out by the Obama administration, namely the reaffirmation of denuclearization, freeze of all nuclear activities and missile programs.

The last round of six-party talks was held in December, 2008, and the DPRK announced in 2009 that it quit the talks.

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