POSTED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 7:58am
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 8:08pm
New Mexico's governor says he has detected a change in attitude on the part of North Korea during his visit there.
Bill Richardson arrived in Beijing after a trip to North Korea.
Richardson says he took the trip as a private citizen but came back with a lot of information.
He says the North Koreans are taking a more realistic approach.
"I noticed a pragmatic attitude on their part, a more realistic attitude, a view perhaps that they've moved a little too far down the precipice and that it was time to come back and pull back and start negotiations again."
Richardson said that North Korean leaders say they would allow U.N. inspectors to visit their nuclear facilities.
"Among the proposals, first the north is willing to allow the international atomic agency personnel to visit the Yongbyon sites to make sure that there's no enriched uranium efforts, secondly, the north is willing to negotiate with South Korea to sell close to 12,000 spent fuel rods and ship them out of the country."
North Korea has refused oversight by U.N. inspectors since 2002.
Richardson hopes that new gestures by North Korea could open the way to renewed six-pqrty talks on North Korea's nuclear program.