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Rice: Intensive Work Before North Korea Talks Resume

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says all parties in the multilateral talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program are united in the view that there has to be a non-nuclear Korean peninsula.

She made the comments Wednesday on the way back to the United States after an Asian tour, just days after North Korea announced it will end a yearlong boycott and return to disarmament talks July 25. Ms. Rice said the United States and its four allies must work intensively so they provide a common front when talks resume.

Earlier Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il told a Chinese envoy in Pyongyang his country's goal is a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, and added he hopes the six-party talks can be the first step.