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US started contacting North Korea in February, official says

Washington has received no response as it tries to reduce risk of escalation

The North Korean nuclear issue is expected to be a key topic when foreign and defense chiefs from the U.S. and Japan meet in Tokyo on Tuesday.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden started reaching out to the North Korean government from mid-February but has received no response so far, a senior government official said Sunday.

The U.S. move, conducted through "several channels," including Pyongyang's mission to the United Nations, is aimed at reducing "risks of escalation," the official said, possibly referring to North Korea's testing of ballistic missiles and nuclear devices.

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