U-S officials reject direct talks with North Korea

Washington-AP -- Top Bush administration officials say the U-S will likely talk with North Korea about its nuclear weapons program -- just not now.

Secretary of State Colin Powell tells C-N-N it would be "bad practice" to talk directly with North Korea at this time about issues affecting the whole region.He says America and the communist nation will "eventually" talk.National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice tells A-B-C "the collective weight of the international community" will provide the incentives for North Korea to drop its nuclear arms program.Democrats accused the administration of neglecting North Korea while tending the Iraq dispute.Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean tells N-B-C the Korean nuclear dispute has become "an enormous world crisis."The Democratic presidential candidate says the U-S should talk directly with North Korea.

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