North Korea sets tough conditions for talks restart

North Korea Thursday demanded lifting of UN sanctions and an end to joint American-South Korean military exercises as preconditions for starting dialogue to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula

Written by New York Times | Seoul | Published: April 19, 2013 1:19 am

North Korea Thursday demanded lifting of UN sanctions and an end to joint American-South Korean military exercises as preconditions for starting dialogue to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula.

The statement demanded that US withdraw “all nuclear war means” from South Korea. It also said South must stop making negative assertions about North Korea,such as blaming it for a cyberattack that paralyzed computer networks last month.

US Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday dismissed the pre-conditions for talks as “unacceptable”,calling them an opening “gambit” from Pyongyang,PTI reported.

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