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North Korea rejects U.S. offer of talks as strategy

Staff Writer |
North Korea rejected in an editorial a recent offer by the United States for talks without preconditions, calling it a ploy to make it give up its nuclear program.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said last week that Washington would be willing to talk to Pyongyang without the precondition of North Korea’s denuclearization.

“The U.S. is trying to shift responsibility for tensions on the Korean Peninsula to us with its dialogue offensive,” said the editorial published by North Korean party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun.

However, the White House also pointed out in a statement that dialogue was not possible unless North Korea changed its position on its weapons program.

In Tuesday’s editorial, Pyongyang said Washington’s offer “is seen as being intended to set the tone for manipulating new UN Security Council resolutions that may include a maritime blockade if we do not accept dialogue aimed at discussing the abandonment of our nuclear weapons.”

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