EXTENDING A HAND

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The White House says it will ask the North Koreans to return to the negotiating table if Pyongyang will only confirm the offer it reportedly made to Jimmy Carter -- to stop its nuclear progam. Today's move by the Administration is the latest attempt to clarify just where the U.S. stands diplomatically in the wake of the former President's visit to North Korea. The White House has halted its drive in the U.N. for trade sanctions against the isolated communist country while it waits for Pyongyang's response.