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Diplomat rejects idea of one-on-one talks with North Korea

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A top U-S diplomat says the Bush administration isn't supporting one-on-one talks with North Korea.      

Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns tells N-B-C that talks should use the combined leverage of China, Russia, South Korea, Japan and the United States.      

Last week President Bush expressed frustration with the slow pace of diplomacy. He urged world leaders to send North Korea a strong message condemning the missile tests, which were staged in defiance of international warnings.      

Meantime, the South Korean president's office accuses Japan of making a "fuss" over North Korean missile launches, fueling the tension.      

Japan has proposed a U-N Security Council resolution calling for sanctions against the North. China and Russia are opposed. South Korea has not publicly taken a stand on the resolution.

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