U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill made a surprise visit to North Korea on June 21 as the Philippine foreign minister – just back from the reclusive state – said Pyongyang was committed to keeping its pledges under a disarmament deal but wanted other countries to do the same. Hill had said that six-country talks on the deal, under which the impoverished communist country would receive hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, would likely resume in early July. But he said during talks in Tokyo Pyongyang must keep the promise it made in February to shut down a nuclear reactor. (Reuters)

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