The resumption of six-party talks aimed at reducing the nuclear threat on the Korean Peninsula is a step in the right direction. But if the talks don’t lead to direct action, it will have been an exercise in futility for many nations.

North Korea abruptly ended its role in the negotiations 13 months ago. Leaders said they feared the United States’ “hostile policies” threatened the sovereignty of their nation. Now, they are back at the table in Beijing with the United States, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea.

The Associated Press quotes North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan as saying that the “fundamental thing is to make real progress in realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” he said. “This requires very firm political will and a strategic decision of the parties concerned that have interests in ending the threat of nuclear war.”

Mr. Gwan’s rhetoric is refreshing in the three-year-old crisis. The meeting made for a good photo opportunity but what is needed is more consensus like that which emerged from the first three rounds of talks.

The talks were originally planned for this past September.

They were held up by North Korea. Now, 10 months later, the international community is expecting significant developments from the talks.

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