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Pyongyang ‘may now seek talks’

Jiji Press SEOUL (Jiji Press) — North Korea may now seek talks with the United States and South Korea, following its recent declaration that it has achieved nuclear capability, the head of the South’s largest group for aiding North Koreans has said.

Kim Hong Gul, who was picked to head the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation late last month, told foreign media reporters on Tuesday that the U.S. and South Korean governments should be prepared for such a move by the North.

The group is currently exploring ways to provide humanitarian aid to the sick and malnourished children in North Korea without contravening U.N. Security Council sanctions, he said.

Kim, the third son of the late South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, paid a condolence visit to North Korea in December 2011 following the death of its then leader, Kim Jong Il.

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