North Korea demands an end to sanctions and "No more nuke war games with South Korea" as condition of talks.Submitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 19:30
[The GUARDIAN'S headline is a pack of lies, as the article tells a completely different story.]
North Korea demands US withdrawal from peninsula before resuming talks
Pyongyang wants withdrawal of all UN sanctions and US pledge not to engage in 'nuclear war practice' with South
Tania Branigan in Beijing
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 April 2013 14.50 EDT
North Korea has issued a detailed statement on its terms for dialogue with the United States, after weeks of tensions.
The demands from the North's top military body include the withdrawal of all UN sanctions imposed due to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, and a US pledge not to engage in "nuclear war practice" with the South. It said denuclearisation of the peninsula should begin with the withdrawal of US weapons.
Seoul was swift to dismiss the North's conditions as incomprehensible and illogical. The foreign ministry spokesman Cho Tai-young said: "We again strongly urge North Korea to stop this kind of insistence that we cannot totally understand and go down the path of a wise choice."