North Korea says will have dialogue with US under right conditions - Yonhap

Elias Hubbard
May 14, 2017

A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014.

A senior North Korean official said his country would be willing to talk to the USA government if conditions were right, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Choi did not elaborate on what the North's conditions are, but her comments raise the possibility of North Korea and the US returning to negotiations for the first time since 2008, when six-nation talks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program fell apart.

When asked whether Pyongyang is preparing to hold dialogue with Seoul's Moon administration, Che replied, "We will observe the situation".

U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a "major, major conflict" with the North was possible, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programs.

"To say "under right conditions" basically means they won't talk now", said Shin Beomchul, a research fellow at Korea Institute for Defense Analyses.

Ms Choi did not elaborate on what the North's conditions are but her comments raise the possibility of North Korea and the U.S. returning to negotiations for the first time since 2008, when six-nation talks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme fell apart. She was returning from Norway after meeting with a group of American experts, . including Robert Einhorn, the U.S. State Department's former special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control.

Seoul and Washington have expressed concerns over Pyogyang's missile and nuclear programs, which North Korea says serve to defend itself against United States aggression.

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