It's all up to the US, says North Korea

The following is a release put out by KCNA, the state-run North Korean news agency, in Pyongyang on April 12:

"A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on Saturday as regards the DPRK-US dialogue for a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula: In order to seek a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue the DPRK and the United States, the parties responsible for it, should start direct talks.

"As the DPRK is not a signatory to the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] there is no ground whatsoever to internationalize the nuclear issue and any attempt to do so would make its solution quite impossible. The outcome of the meeting of the UNSC [United Nations Security Council] held on April 9 clearly indicated that the nuclear issue is a matter to be settled between the DPRK and the US.

"The DPRK's call for direct talks is aimed to confirm whether the US has a political willingness to drop its hostile policy toward the DPRK or not. It is possible to solve the issue if the US sincerely approaches the dialogue. The US asserts a 'multilateral framework' to be participated in by countries around the DPRK, but their Korea policy and stand of desiring a peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue are clear by and large.

"What matters is the US. If the US is ready to make a bold switchover in its Korea policy for a settlement of the nuclear issue, the DPRK will not stick to any particular dialogue format. The solution to the issue depends on what is the real intention of the US."
Apr 19, 2003


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