The North Korean tap dance continues. Pyongyang wants a peace treaty and diplomatic relations with the US before it will sit down for nuclear disarmament talks. Washington wants North Korea to sit down at the nuclear table first, then they can deal with other issues. This is happening against the back drop of a possible missile test in the next few days.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s return to the nuclear disarmament process is an essential next step before any discussions about political and economic concessions can begin, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
The American’s remarks were a response to nuclear-armed North Korea’s repeated call for a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War as well as diplomatic relations with the U.S. before it agrees to return to the disarmament negotiations it walked away from the last year.
Pyongyang cites the U.S. military presence in South Korea as its main reason for building a nuclear weapons program. North Korea is believed to have enough weaponized plutonium for at least half a dozen nuclear bombs, and last year revealed it has a uranium enrichment program that would give it a second way to make atomic weapons.