North Korea says the attack on the South's Yeonpyeong Island could have been prevented if its calls for a peace treaty had been accepted.
According to an editorial in the North's official newspaper, the Rodong Shinmun, on Tuesday, Pyeongyang had always wanted to bring peace to the Korean peninsula through dialogue and added that its deadly shelling of Yeonpyeong may not have taken place if the United States and other nations were more sincere towards its proposal last year for a peace treaty.
Back in January 2010, Pyeongyang had proposed for talks with Washington to reach a peace treaty to end the Korean War saying that it was a precondition to restart the stalled six-party nuclear talks.
The editorial said in order to establish peace on the Korean peninsula, North Korea must first gain the trust of the US and that a peace treaty was essential to end the state of war.
Moreover, it said the establishment of a peace accord would actually signal a step towards denuclearization.
Meanwhile, Washington has said no multilateral negotiations will take place before North Korea demonstrates a willingness to improve relations with the South and take responsibility for its provocations.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.