North Korea considers nuclear-talks pullout

 

North Korea is reconsidering its role in talks on its nuclear plans because of what it sees as a concerted campaign to topple the North's ruling system, the country's Foreign Ministry said today.

"Under this situation the DPRK is compelled to seriously reconsider its participation in the talks with the US, a party extremely disgusting and hateful," said the statement, published by the official KCNA news agency.

DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Although the North used trademark ambiguity in its wording, the ministry spokesman's comments appeared to be referring to six-country nuclear talks that involve the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Under this situation the DPRK is compelled to seriously reconsider its participation in the talks with the US, a party extremely disgusting and hateful.
Statement from North Korea's Foreign Ministry

The five regional powers are seeking to persuade the North to ditch its nuclear weapons ambitions in return for aid and security guarantees.

The latest remarks represented a hardening of Pyongyang's position since it said in a ministry statement on December 4th that the North would not return to the six-party talks until re-elected President Bush had assembled his new team and Washington had decided its policy.

"Now that the US is trying to shake the backbone of the DPRK, not content with hurling mud at it, the DPRK is compelled to say something to the US," Monday's statement said.

"The present situation makes us deplore the fact that the US administration has only those politicians who are utterly ignorant of the DPRK to handle its Korean policy," it said.