North Korea sets preconditions for talks' restart

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Associated Press

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 5:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 5:04 AM

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea is demanding the withdrawal of U.N. sanctions and the end of U.S.-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks about its nuclear program.

Today's statement from the Policy Department of the National Defense Commission, the country's top governing body, comes four days after Pyongyang rejected South Korea's latest dialogue offer as insincere.

The U.S. says it's prepared to talk to the North but Pyongyang must first bring down tensions and honor previous disarmament agreements.

In the North's statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, it says, "Dialogue can never go with war actions."

North Korea says before the talks can resume, the U.S. must also withdraw all nuclear weapons assets from South Korea and the region. And it says South Korea must stop all anti-North Korea talks, such as its recent announcement blaming Pyongyang for a major cyberattack that shut down tens of thousands of computers and servers in South Korea.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry dismisses the North's latest demand as illogical.

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