Kerry: U.S. open to discuss non-aggression deal with N. Korea
Secretary of State Kerry has said the U.S. is willing to negotiate a non-aggression agreement with North Korea if the reclusive nation is serious about ending its nuclear weapons program.
Speaking at a joint press conference in Tokyo Thursday, Kerry said the U.S. was prepared to have a peaceful relationship with North Korea and was not engaged in regime change.
He also said Washington would be willing to sign a non-aggression agreement if Pyongyang denuclearizes and engages in legitimate negotiations to achieve that end.
The U.S. has long maintained that North Korea needs to show its seriousness with actions not rhetoric.
But Kerry was making a conciliatory gesture by addressing North Korea's claim that its nuclear program is aimed at countering what it describes as threats of a U.S. attack.
Kerry, a long time U.S. senator who has dealt mostly with foreign affairs, is known to be an advocate for a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear issue.
Recently Pyongyang offered to resume talks with Washington, but U.S. officials turned it down, questioning the regime's intentions.
Kerry also mentioned that China has been an important partner in dealing with the North Korea issue.
China has been on the forefront of efforts to reopen the long stalled six party talks regarding Pyongyang's nuclear program, which includes South Korea, Japan and Russia.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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