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DPRK: US policy change before six-party talks
Updated: 2004-12-04 16:48

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Saturday it would wait for a change in the United States policy towards Pyongyang before resuming another round of six-party talks.

"We are not impatient for the resumption of talks, nor would we like to make a hasty final conclusion. As the second Bush administration has not yet emerged, we would like to wait a bit longer with patience to follow what policies it will shape," said a spokesman for the DPRK's Foreign Ministry.

The spokesman reiterated Pyongyang's stand on the resumption of the six-party talks and its unchanged position to seek a negotiable solution to the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the US.

"Our intention is to promote the process of the talks in such a way that they can substantially contribute to the denuclearization of the peninsula," the spokesman was cited by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The spokesman said that the deadlock of the six-party talks was not because the DPRK waited for the results of the US presidential election or sought talks with the US only.

"The stalemate attributed to US, who destroyed the groundwork for talks and reneged on the agreement reached at the third round of the talks. The US was undisguisedly pursuing its hostile acts to bring down the DPRK's system," he accused.

"The basis for resuming six-party talks is that the US has to drop its hostile policy aimed at bringing down our system and to express its willingness to co-exist with it," the spokesman added.

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