Change in N. Korea does not mean regime change: senior U.S. diplomat
Russel stressed the U.S. is willing to hold talks with Pyongyang, but what's more important than simply holding talks is to hold serious negotiations aimed at ending the country's nuclear program, and for such negotiations to reopen, Pyongyang should first demonstrate its denuclearization commitments.
"That's not how it works. The issue is this. Will North Korea agree to negotiate denuclearization in the six-party context and ... how will we know that there is a sufficient prospect of making progress toward denuclearization to warrant restarting that entire effort," he said.