WASHINGTON -- US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice, at a joint press conference with visiting South Korean
Foreign Minister Song Min-Soon on Friday, called on the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) to return to the six-party talks "in a more
"We did not make the progress that I think we would have liked, and we
believe that the North Koreans need to come in a more constructive spirit," Rice
"But it does not mean there were not very productive discussions that took
place during that round," she said.
For his part, Song urged the DPRK to make "a positive and realistic response"
to the proposals made to Pyongyang during the talks held in December in Beijing.
Meanwhile, a State Department spokesman said on Friday that the six-party
talks aimed at solving the nuclear issue of DPRK is expected to resume this
During the round of six-party talks in September 2005, DPRK signed a
statement agreeing to give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for
economic aid and security guarantees from the United States and other countries.
However, DPRK refused to return to the talks as a result of US financial
Under pressure, DPRK returned to the talks in December held in Beijing.
However, the talks failed to make progress.