Saturday, June 15, 2013

N. Korea proposes high-level talks with U.S.

These are the key elements of the statement (as soon as the entire statement is posted not he KCNA web site I will post it).

   "If (the U.S.) is truly interested in easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and securing peace and security in the region, including the U.S. mainland, it should not speak about holding talks or making contact on the basis of pre-conditions," the spokesman said, according to the KCNA report, monitored in Seoul. 
   The talks' agenda could include the issue of easing military tensions on the peninsula, replacing the armistice that ended the Korean War with a permanent peace treaty, and the U.S. vision for a world free of nuclear weapons, among other issues of mutual interest, the spokesman said.

We should keep in mind that these statements include the threat to the US mainland.  But the key element on nuclear weapons is that the the north will call the bluff on the Adminstration's vision for "nuclear zero."  I am sure we will see north propose that they will eliminate their nuclears weapons at the same time the US gets to "nuclear zero" as well.  I interpret the statements above that the north wants to come to the negotiating table as a nuclear power and that as long as the US has nuclear weapons it has no intention of ever eliminating its nuclear weapons.  

I also think that the north wants the US to say no to take the pressure of the fact that it is responsible for canceling the talks with the South.  They know that the US is very, very unlikely to say yes to talks when the north-South proposal has fallen through.
V/R
Dave



2013/06/16 11:00 KST


(LEAD) N. Korea proposes high-level talks with U.S.
SEOUL, June 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korea proposed high-level talks with the United States on Sunday, days after its planned talks with South Korea broke down over the level of their chief delegates.

   "(We) propose high-level talks between the North Korean and U.S. governments to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and establish regional peace and security," a spokesman of the North's powerful National Defense Commission said in an "important statement" carried by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

   The overture comes five days after South and North Korea canceled their high-level talks that were planned for Wednesday and Thursday, citing differences over the rank of chief delegates to represent each side.

   The dispute was seen as underlining the big gulf that divides the two Koreas, which remain in a state of conflict after failing to sign a peace treaty at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

   "If (the U.S.) is truly interested in easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and securing peace and security in the region, including the U.S. mainland, it should not speak about holding talks or making contact on the basis of pre-conditions," the spokesman said, according to the KCNA report, monitored in Seoul.


   The talks' agenda could include the issue of easing military tensions on the peninsula, replacing the armistice that ended the Korean War with a permanent peace treaty, and the U.S. vision for a world free of nuclear weapons, among other issues of mutual interest, the spokesman said.
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