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PYONGYANG, North Korea — After months of threatening to wage a nuclear war, North Korea did an about-face Sunday and issued a surprise proposal to the United States, its No. 1 enemy: Let’s talk.
But the invitation from North Korea’s National Defense Commission, the powerful governing body led by leader Kim Jong Un, comes with caveats: No preconditions and no demands that Pyongyang give up its prized nuclear assets unless Washington is willing to do the same – ground rules that make it hard for the Americans to accept.
Washington responded by saying that it is open to talks – but only if North Korea shows it will comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions and live up to its international obligations.
“As we have made clear, our desire is to have credible negotiations with the North Koreans, but those talks must involve North Korea living up to its obligations to the world, including compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions, and ultimately result in denuclearization,” U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. “We will judge North Korea by its actions, and not its words and look forward to seeing steps that show North Korea is ready to abide by its commitments and obligations.”
Originally posted by SLAYER69
I ask, When will Russia [Formerly the Soviet Union] and China both man up and deal with their Nuclear Armed Old Cold War left over?
Originally posted by beezzer
So I would say not to even humour him. Don't give them anything. Or else we'll see the same ol sabre rattling next year.
we all know what Un will say to this... if he does not have a mouth full. lunch.... lunch!!!!!
US: N.Korea must fulfill obligations before talks
The Chief of Staff to US President Barack Obama has said that North Korea must take actions that show its sincerity on denuclearization before any direct talks can be held between the two nations.
North Korea's state-run media quoted the country's National Defense Commission which on Sunday proposed high-level talks with the United States.
In response, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said in a US CBS television program on Sunday that before any such talks the North should live up to its obligations, including giving up its nuclear weapons program and abiding by non-proliferation principles.
He said the US will consider North Korea's future actions before reaching a decision on the talks.
McDonough said the North Korean government will no longer be able to talk its way out of the very significant sanctions, which are supported by Russia and more importantly, China.
The United States apparently underlined its position that North Korea should concede that its denuclearization should precede any future dialogue.
Jun. 16, 2013 - Updated 23:57 UTC
Originally posted by Domo1
What exactly are the reasons for Russia and China to support NK? Is it just to irritate the US and waste a ton of our resources? Is there any other benefit?
I tend to not pay NK much attention because as SLAYER has stated this cycle repeats all the time. Bluster, silence, offers of peace, reap rewards and repeat.
I'm also curious if there are any studies/threads that would give a breakdown of what would happen if war did actually break out between the North and South. I'd appreciate a link or quick rundown. I would think that the North would be able to do some heavy initial damage if it were a complete surprise, but they would be quashed rather quickly. SOrry I guess that's off topic.
ETA God to see you back SLAYER. Seems like it's been along time. Hope things are well.edit on 17-6-2013 by Domo1 because: (no reason given)