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 that the current Korean War armistice agreement 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.
The latest remarks are being interpreted as part of North Korea's recent efforts to return to the negotiating table.
In a report submitted to the Foreign Affairs and Unification Standing Committee on Tuesday, Seoul's Ministry of Unification said that the North is seeking change, but added those attempts have so far been unsuccessful.
The ministry explained that despite Pyongyang's efforts to mend ties with China and its recent informal meetings with former U.S. officials, Washington remains firm in its demand that the North give up its nuclear program before opening talks.
While the North is suspected of actively developing its nuclear technology, the focus is now on how the U.S. will respond to North Korea's latest request.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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Supposedly when former U.S president George W. Bush called North Korea along with Iran and Iraq as an "Axis of Evil". The DPRK started their nuclear weapons program. They were scared from being threatened.