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US supports dialogue between North and South Korea

Stating that Washington would welcome meaningful steps that lead to a reduction of tension on the Korean Peninsula, the United States has said it supports dialogue between North and South Korea.

world Updated: Aug 25, 2009 17:29 IST

Stating that Washington would welcome meaningful steps that lead to a reduction of tension on the Korean Peninsula, the United States has said it supports dialogue between North and South Korea.

Such a statement from a State Department spokesperson came in the wake of reports of a meeting between North Korean delegation and South Korean president on Monday. It is being reported that North Korea is suggested to have a summit between Kim Jong-il and the South Korean president.

"As a general principle, as you have heard many times, we support a dialogue between North Korea and South Korea, and we welcome meaningful steps that lead to a reduction of tension on the Korean Peninsula," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters at a press conference.

"About any kind of proposed summit, though, I mean, I don't have any details of the discussions that they had that I can share with you," he said in response to a question.

Kelly said there was no contact between the North Korean delegation and the American delegation bed by the former secretary of State Madeline Albright.

"No members of the United States delegation to the funeral of Kim Dae-jung met with the North Koreans," he said.

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