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US to weigh North Korea's seriousness at talks
US wants to see signs NKorea is serious about denuclearization when diplomats meet in New York
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Obama administration wants to see signs that North Korea is serious about ending its nuclear weapons program when American and North Korean diplomats meet this week for the first time in three years.

Ambassador Stephen Bosworth will meet North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan in New York on Thursday and Friday.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner says Bosworth will use the "exploratory meeting" to see if North Korea is prepared to end the program to improve relations between the isolated communist nation and the international community.

Toner repeated Wednesday that the U.S. won't have talks for talks' sake. He said the question of U.S. food aid to North Korea wasn't part of the discussions.

He said Bosworth was leading an interagency U.S. team into the talks.

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