South Korea may abandon nuclear talks

by on January 2nd, 2006

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday it cannot return to international nuclear disarmament talks unless the United States lifts sanctions imposed for its alleged currency counterfeiting and other illegal activities.

“While under U.S. sanctions, it’s impossible to sit face-to-face and discuss abandoning our nuclear deterrent,” said the Rodong Sinmun, the North’s ruling Workers Party newspaper, in a Korean-language commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

“The U.S. sanctions are obviously the fundamental element that disrupts the six-party talks,” the newspaper said.

The commentary was the first North Korean statement on the nuclear issue this year.

Etalkinghead Staff