North Korea says it will not make first move to resume 6-party talks
It won't be North Korea making the first move to restart the six-party denuclearization talks at least, that's what the country's foreign ministry says.
Referring to a recent remark made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as a serious political provocation, North Korea's foreign ministry spokesman said the comment clearly reflects Washington's hostility towards Pyongyang.
He claimed that the preconditions for dialogue laid out by the United States are a cunning method of blocking the resumption of the six-party talks and avoiding responsibility.
The spokesman went on to say that the North will never make the first move for opening talks unless Washington ends its hostile policies.
Secretary Kerry said that it is hard to excuse what he called a rogue state that uses all its money for developing missiles rather than on improving the lives of its people.
North Korea's comments come at a time when international efforts for resuming the multilateral dialogue seemed to be gathering speed.
Following a string of meetings with U.S. officials this week, Chinese nuclear envoy Wu Dawei showed confidence in bringing back all members of the six-party talks -- the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia -- to the negotiating table.
Wu is expected to meet with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Hyong-jun in Beijing and explain the details of his discussions with U.S. officials.
Meanwhile, South Korean nuclear envoy Cho Tae-yong is also planning a trip to Washington as early as this weekend to meet with his U.S. counterpart Glyn Davies which will be followed by a visit to Beijing.
But officials in Seoul say the countries are still exploring various conditions for resuming talks and that the day the six nations sit down together again is not, in any way, imminent.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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What's there to talk about? If the DPRK wants a nuclear weapons program for self defense then it's their business. This is just control politics.