The United States announced it wishes to see North Korea take full responsibility for the provocations it has made against the South including the torpedo attack on a South Korean warship and the artillery shelling on the South's Yeonpyeong Island.
Washington's State Department Spokesperson Philip Crowley told reporters at a briefing that the US welcomes South Korea's proposal for high-level inter-Korean military talks on February 11th… saying it is an important step in the process of easing heightened tension on the Korean peninsula.
He added that the US hopes Pyeongyang will admit to the deadly attacks in the upcoming meeting before the six-party nuclear talks convene.
On the same day US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen speculated that North Korea will be able to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles on which nuclear warheads can be mounted within the next five to 10 years.
He said in an interview with the Financial Times that Pyeongyang will continue its provocations at a much higher threat level, unless deterred.
Mullen also expressed concern that the reclusive regime is more dangerous than it was a few months ago citing North Korea's recent revelation of its uranium enrichment facility.
Meanwhile recent Wikileaks reports have revealed that Washington called on Beijing to stop North Korea from delivering components used for developing ballistic missiles to Iran via planes traveling through China.
Yoo Ji-hae, Arirang News.