X

US, South Korea Refuse Talks With North

They say it'd be rewarding the Kims for bad behavior
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 6:54 AM CST
Updated Nov 30, 2010 7:59 AM CST
US, South Korea Refuse Talks With North
South Korean Marines' amphibious armored vehicles patrol on Baengnyeong Island, South Korea, near the West Sea border with North Korea Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Ji-un)

(Newser) – The US, South Korea, and Japan are saying “thanks, but no thanks” to China’s request for emergency talks with North Korea, arguing that talks would only reward the rogue regime for its recent aggression. “The United States and a host of others, I don’t think, are not interested in stabilizing the region through a series of PR activities,” Robert Gibbs tells the New York Times.

story continues below

South Korea hasn't even commented on China's proposal, while Japan has said any talks hinge on North Korea changing its behavior. “We’re trying to get out of this cycle where they act up and we talk,” said one Obama administration official. Turning down the talks amounts to a rebuke of China, but also illustrates how few options Washington has for dealing with Korea; it had been counting on China to intervene. (Read more North Korea stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.

X