DPRK rejects pre-conditions for resuming talks

Updated: 2011-10-04 13:21


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PYONGYANG - KCNA, official news agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), issued a commentary on Tuesday rejecting any pre-conditions for resuming the stalled six-party talks.

It is hard to find sincerity in the United States for restarting the talks as Washington still insists that the DPRK has to meet some pre-conditions, it said.

By setting up these pre-conditions, the United States intends to shift the blame to the DPRK for failing to resume the multinational talks on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, said the commentary.

The editorial also reiterated that the DPRK calls for "resuming the talks without pre-conditions."

However, it added that if it is necessary to have pre-conditions, then it is essential to set them on the basis of equality among all parties concerned.

Addressing the 66th session of the UN General Assembly on September 21, U.S. President Barack Obama said the DPRK has not taken concrete steps for dismantling its nuclear programs. Other US officials also demanded that the DPRK showcase its will for denuclearization in actions instead of words.

Another KCNA commentary also issued on Tuesday said the October 4 Declaration clearly indicates the ways to bring mutual respect into the north-south relations despite their different ideologies, as well as ways to revitalize all-round cooperation, especially economic cooperation.

The declaration was signed by the DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Il and then South Korean president Roh Moo Hyun on October 4, 2007 to boost the relations between the two countries and promote peace in the peninsula and national unification.

The commentary also accused the anti-reunification forces in South Korea of totally denying the historic document.