The U.S. and North Korea may meet for a second, and possibly even a third round of talks following a surprise meeting.

The White House had steadfastly refused to give in to Pyongyang’s desire for direct discussions outside of the six-party talks, but the recent rendezvous between the two countries suggests there may be more flexibility in Washington these days.


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The bilateral talks were the first outside the framework of six-country negotiations in Beijing which began in 2003 to try to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons ambitions.

Officials said Washington’s willingness to talk directly with Pyongyang — as North Korea has long demanded — suggests it may be ready to compromise over a crackdown on North Korea’s finances, despite a nuclear test by Pyongyang last October.

Russia’s new chief negotiator at the six-party talks has put pressure on Washington to scrap its financial sanctions against Pyongyang.

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