US sets bar higher for North Korea talks
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) said on Friday that North Korea's recent actions have risen the bar for a resumption of dialogue as it called on Pyongyang to address concerns on weapons but also human rights.
North Korea engaged in some of its most fiery rhetoric in years after conducting its third nuclear test in February, but tensions have since eased with attempts - ultimately unsuccessful - to restart talks with South Korea.
Mr Glyn Davies, the US pointman on North Korea policy, said the US was exasperated with Pyongyang after it snubbed attempts by President Barack Obama's administration to reach out in 2009 and again in 2012.
"The US will not accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed state. We will not reward the DPRK for the absence of bad behavior," Mr Davies said, using the North's official name of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.