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SKorea: Sanctions on NKorea should remain in place

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's foreign minister says North Korea's track record should be enough to keep U.N. sanctions in place even if Pyongyang returns to nuclear disarmament talks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said Monday that his government is willing to rejoin the six-nation nuclear talks depending on progress in negotiations with the United States.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan today noted the North's history of reaching disarmament pacts and then backtracking after receiving aid and concessions.

The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions to punish the North for its second nuclear test.

An earlier resolution, adopted after Pyongyang's first atomic test in 2006, was never enforced in earnest after Pyongyang agreed to disarmament talks, from which it later withdrew.

Yu said the same mistake should not be repeated.


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