The United States reiterated denuclearization as a precondition for talks with North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s request that Washington must recognize it as a nuclear weapons state to start dialogue.
North Korea test-fires its new “Hwasong-15” missile on Nov. 29. (Yonhap)
“It is not enough for (North Korea) to stop its program where it is today,” US State Department spokesperson Katina Adams told Voice of America on Monday.
“We do not see any signs that North Korea is willing or interested to engage in credible talks on denuclearization at this stage. North Korea must be prepared to come to the table ready to chart a course to cease and roll back its nuclear weapons program,” she said.
Adams’ remarks address a series of recent Russian media reports claiming Pyongyang is ready to resume talks with the US on security issues — with strings attached.
“We met with Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea,” Vitaly Pashin, a member of the Russian legislature told state-run media Interfax. Pashin was part of a delegation of Russian legislators that were dispatched to the North on Nov. 27, according to media reports.
“He said North Korea is ready to sit down at the negotiating table,” he said, adding that Pyongyang also stressed the