Monday, September 21, 2009

CIA says U.S. on 'honeymoon' with North Korea

"We're in a honeymoon situation right now," said CIA Director Leon Panetta in an interview, describing the opportunity to negotiate with North Korea to scale back its nuclear and missile programs.

He credited former President Bill Clinton's visit to the Stalinist state last month with opening up dialogue.

The United States is ready to engage directly with North Korea in an effort to bring the nuclear-armed regime back to multinational talks on disarmament, Philip J. Crowley, the top State Department spokesman, said in an interview Sept. 11.

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