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U.S. ‘encouraged’ by Korea nuclear talks

The United States said Saturday it was “encouraged” by surprise talks between North and South Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme, but remained cool on resuming disarmament talks. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told regional foreign ministers at an Asian security forum in Indonesia that the onus remained squarely on…

N. Korea avoids direct blame for destruction of S. Korean warship

North Korea said Saturday it was willing in principle to return to nuclear disarmament talks after the United Nations failed directly to blame it for a deadly attack on a South Korean warship. The North, which denies US and South Korean claims that it torpedoed the ship with the loss…