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International relations

US won't recognize North-South talks without denuclearization

Ambassador Haley also says Washington will seek Security Council meeting on Iran

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley discussed North Korea and Iran on Tuesday at U.N. headquarters in New York.   © Reuters

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. rejected potential talks between Seoul and Pyongyang at a news conference here Tuesday, rebuffing the prospect of any substantive dialogue without a commitment by the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.

"We won't take any of the talks seriously if they don't do something to ban all nuclear weapons in North Korea," Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters. "North Korea can talk with anyone they want, but the U.S. is not going to recognize it or acknowledge it" without an agreement to denuclearize.

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