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North Korea is ready to return to six-party talks on its nuclear program, China said, the third time this month that Kim Jong Un’s regime has proposed new dialogue after easing off months of harsh rhetoric.
The North is prepared for “talks of any form including the six-party talks and hopes to peacefully solve the nuclear problem through negotiations,” China’s Foreign Ministry said on its website, citing comments Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan made while meeting his Chinese counterpart in Beijing yesterday.
“It probably means exactly what it looks like -- that the North Koreans are getting nervous,” Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, said by phone. “If you think about what’s been happening over the last several months, China appears to be taking a tougher approach.”
"The Chinese foreign ministry statement quoted Kim Kye Gwan as saying that achieving a nuclear-free Korean peninsula was the “dying wish” of Kim Jong Un’s deceased father and grandfather, who ruled before him.
Mentioning that may be a way for North Korea to save face over the issue, said Dong Wang, director of the Center for Northeast Asian Strategic Studies at Peking University."
“Kim Jong-un gave a lecture to high-ranking officials, stressing that we must pursue the policy of Byungjin (Korean for ‘in tandem’) in terms of nuclear and economic development," an anonymous source told New Focus International by phone. "Mentioning that Hitler managed to rebuild Germany in a short time following its defeat in WWI, Kim Jong-un issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and asked that practical applications be drawn from it."
A North Korean businessman told New Focus International of persistent rumours within the Pyongyang elite that Kim had made a close study of Hitler during his time at an international school in Switzerland.