It is not time for the six-party nuclear talks with North Korea's set of preconditions.
That is according to South Korea's foreign minister Yu Myung-hwan who made it clear that Seoul does not want to restart the six-party nuclear talks until the reclusive state stops pushing for unacceptable preconditions.
[Interview : Yu Myung-hwan, Minister
Ministry of Foreign Affairs] "North Korea called for the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United Nations after its second nuclear test, but with such a precondition, it is not time for the six-party nuclear talks to be resumed."
Yu said in an interview with state-owned broadcaster KTV on Sunday that the communist state is attempting to use the nuclear negotiations to avoid responsibility for the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
The talks… which also involve China, Russia, Japan and the United States have been stalled since North Korea dropped out last year before its second nuclear test.
The secretive nation offered to return to the table last week calling for the lifting of sanctions imposed on it after its missile and nuclear tests.
Seoul and Washington however said Pyeongyang needs to first stop its provocative actions and show a sincere attitude toward denuclearization.
Minister Yu said Seoul will closely cooperate on the denuclearization of North Korea with members of the six-way talks.
Meanwhile, the US high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth fighter may join the upcoming Korea-US joint military exercises in the East Sea this month.
According to government officials the US is considering dispatching its F-22 for the first time on the Korean peninsula to join the training aimed at sending a warning message to North Korea for its continued provocative acts.
The US already has confirmed that it will send its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier… the George Washington… for the exercise.
The details of the joint drill will be decided at the upcoming two-plus-two meeting between the heads of the foreign and defense departments from Korea and US in Seoul on Wednesday.
Kim Na-ri, Arirang News.