N. Korea asks U.S. to leave its regime unharmed
Speaking at the United Nations' disarmament and security First Committee on Monday, North Korean Ambassador to the UN Sin Son-ho called on the United States to ensure that the North Korean regime will be left unharmed.
"If the United States is truly in favor of easing tensions and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, it should show by abandoning its hostile policy towards the DPRK and should move towards a peaceful coexistence with us."
The North Korean official also stressed the need for the current Korean War armistice agreement to be shifted to a peace treaty.
"We advanced various peace initiatives including the one proposed in January 2010 on the speedy opening of talks on replacing the ceasefire agreement with a peace agreement."
Sin reiterated Pyongyang's basic stance that the issue of denuclearizing the North must be resolved in a peaceful manner through dialogue and negotiations with no preconditions.
Experts say that the remarks could be another sign that the North will continue to develop its nuclear program if Washington fails to ensure the maintenance of its regime.
The focus is now on what the U.S. will say to North Korea's latest request.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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