North Korea Indicates Willingness to Negotiate Directly With U.S. (again)

July 27, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Following U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s call yesterday for the communist state to return to the negotiating table, North Korea has now said it may be open to new negotiations on its nuclear program if it takes place outside of six-party talks involving the U.S., China, Russia, South Korea and Japan.  North Korea has previously requested  direct talks with the U.S. after vowing in April to never again participate in the six-party framework.

Truthfully though it sounds like the same old song and dance to me.  “There are other means of dialogue to resolve the current situation,” North Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency today. “There is a specific and reserved form of dialogue that can address the current situation,” the ministry said separately.

Clinton said this past week that the U.S. is ready to resume talks with North Korea with a “more ambitious agenda” as long as the North understands that it won’t be given new rewards for fulfilling existing obligations on dismantling its nuclear-arms program. North Korea has said in the past that it was resistant to the six-nation talks because it’s sole purpose was to “disarm and incapacitate” it.


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