North Korea makes suprising New Year peace pledge
January 1, 2010
(ChattahBox) — Holy New Years resolutions, Batman! In an editorial carried by its major state media outlets on New Year’s Day, North Korea stated its commitment to lasting peace and a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
“The Workers’ Party of Korea and the government … will strive to develop relations of good-neighborliness and friendship with other countries and achieve global independence under the unfurled banner of independence, peace and friendship,” Korean Central News Agency reported.
The editorial added that “the fundamental task for ensuring peace and stability” was “to put an end to the hostile relationship” with the United States.
The US responded by calling for North Korea to show its good faith by returning to six-party talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear program
North Korea has refused to return to the talks conducted by the United States, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan, insisting that it wants to talk directly with the U.S. government.
In April, Pyongyang declared the talks “dead” in anger over international criticism of its nuclear and missile tests last year.