April 20, 2013
North Korea reiterated on Saturday that it would not give up its nuclear weapons, rejecting a U.S. condition for talks although it said it was willing to discuss disarmament.
North Korea, in a sign of a possible end to weeks of heightened hostility on the Korean peninsula, offered the United States and South Korea a list of conditions on Thursday for talks, including the lifting of U.N. sanctions.
But the United States said it was awaiting “clear signals” that North Korea would halt its nuclear weapons activities.
“The U.S. should not think about the denuclearization on the peninsula before the world is denuclearized,” the North’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary.