N. Korea Wants Nuke Talks With US

US says it's up for 'credible negotiations'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 16, 2013 7:22 AM CDT | Updated Jun 16, 2013 8:26 AM CDT

(Newser) Paging Dennis Rodman: North Korea's top governing body today proposed high-level nuclear and security talks with the United States in an appeal sent just days after calling off talks with rival South Korea. The powerful National Defense Commission headed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a statement through state media proposing "senior level" talks to ease tensions and discuss a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War. The Obama administration responded by saying it wanted "credible negotiations," and that it would judge Pyongyang on "its actions and not its words."

Foreign analysts expressed skepticism, saying impoverished North Korea often calls for talks after raising tensions with provocative behavior in order to win outside concessions. In a notable shift in propaganda in Pyongyang, posters and billboards calling on North Koreans to "wipe away the American imperialist aggressors" have been taken down in recent weeks. After blaming Washington for raising tensions by imposing "gangster-like sanctions" on North Korea, an NDC spokesman called on the US to propose a venue and date for talks but warned against setting preconditions. The Koreas had also planned Cabinet-level talks earlier this week, but those dramatically fell apart even before they began. Pyongyang was taking it well.

In this Friday June 14, 2013 photo, a music video about a song called "Reunification, June 15th" is shown on screens of an Air Koryo jet while on its way from Beijing to Pyongyang, North Korea. Korean...   (Alexander Yuan)
People walk past a roadside propaganda billboard promoting the "military first" policy and a boost to build the country's economy in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, June 16, 2013. North Korea's top governing...   (Alexander Yuan)
A woman rests as a man walks past the Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification, which symbolizes the hope for reunification of the Koreas, in Pyongyang, Saturday, June 15, 2013.   (Alexander Yuan)
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