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US rejects N. Korea conditions for nuclear talks, wants ‘clear signals’ from Pyongyang

 
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US rejects N. Korea conditions for nuclear talks, wants ‘clear signals’ from Pyongyang
US rejects N. Korea conditions for nuclear talks, wants ‘clear signals’ from Pyongyang
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Published time: April 18, 2013 03:34
Edited time: April 18, 2013 18:24
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) claps during the unveiling ceremony of two statues of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang.(AFP Photo / Ed Jones)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry has dismissed conditions laid out by North Korea for talks as unacceptable. Earlier Thursday, Pyongyang demanded the removal of all UN sanctions and a promise by the US not to engage in ‘nuclear war practice’ with Seoul.

North Korea said the demands will have to be fulfilled if Washington truly seeks any meaningful dialogue with Pyongyang.

"If the United States and the puppet South have the slightest desire to avoid the sledge-hammer blow of our army and the people...and truly wish dialogue and negotiations, they must make the resolute decision," the North's National Defense Commission said in a statement.

"Firstly, the sanctions resolutions by the UN Security Council that were fabricated with unjust reasons must be withdrawn," North Korea's top military body said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

But Washington is refusing to bow to Pyongyang’s demands, instead choosing to lay out its own set of requirements.

US Secretary of State John Kerry told a Senate hearing that Pyongyang's offer was "at least a beginning gambit," but added that it was "not acceptable, obviously, and we have to go further."

Kerry added that Washington would not return to past cycles of “Here's a little food aid, here's a little this, then we'll talk.”

[link to rt.com]





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