North Korea sets preconditions for talks' restart
PYONGYANG (AP) - North Korea on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of UN sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as preconditions for the resumption of talks meant to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula.
The statement from the Policy Department of the National Defense Commission, the country's top governing body, came four days after Pyongyang rejected Seoul's latest dialogue offer, saying it lacked sincerity.
The US says it is prepared to talk to the North but Pyongyang must first bring down tensions and honour previous disarmament agreements.
"Dialogue can never go with war actions," said the statement, which was carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.