Clinton says U.S. willing to work with North Korea if it reforms

Reuters News

5/4/2012 4:08:48 AM - Reuters News

BEIJING (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that the United States was willing to work with North Korea if it changed its ways, and also said more pressure should be brought to bear on Sudan and Syria.

"The new leadership in Pyongyang still has the opportunity to change course and put their people first. If they focus on honoring their commitments and rejoining the international community, and on feeding and educating their citizens, the United States will welcome them and work with them," she said prepared remarks to be delivered in Beijing.

On Syria, Clinton said that if the government did not honor a U.N.-brokered ceasefire, additional U.N. resolutions should be considered.

Clinton also called on Sudan to stop all cross-border attacks, "particularly its provocative aerial bombardments".

(Reporting by Andrew Quinn; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ken Wills)