[WORLD] North Korea Rejected Unconditional Nuke Talks by the South, Japan, and United States

D-Bo, Nov. 8, 2013, 10:38 a.m.

On Wednesday, efforts for Unconditional Nuke talks were rejected by South Korea, Japan, and the United States. The chief negotiators repeated that the North must first make good on earlier promises to dismantle its atomic program, if six-party nuclear talks are to pick up again.

As the North wants unconditional resumption of the six-party talks, China has been active on all sides trying to get everything underway. This information suggests that a compromise suggested earlier by envoy Wu Dawei, China’s top nuclear envoy, was rejected. A meeting was held recently at the U.S. State Department was held to discuss conditions for the talks to resume.

Chief South Korean nuclear negotiation Cho Tae-yong and his colleagues Glyn Davies and Junichi Ihara discussed these conditions, as well as the overall situation on the Korean Peninsula. The 3 agreed that it would be pointless to discuss matters with the North unless they finally guarantee that all terms would be met.

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