Home>News Center>World

North Korea reconsidering place at nuclear talks
Updated: 2004-12-13 15:57

North Korea is seriously reconsidering its role in talks on its nuclear plans because of what it sees as a concerted campaign to topple the North's ruling system, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The United States had launched a psychological campaign to persuade people there was a crisis in the North, including mass defections by generals to China, the ministry said in a lengthy English-language statement.

"Under this situation the DPRK is compelled to seriously reconsider its participation in the talks with the U.S., a party extremely disgusting and hateful," said the statement, published by the official KCNA news agency. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Although the North used trademark ambiguity in its wording, the ministry spokesman's comments appeared to be referring to six-country nuclear talks that involve the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States.

The five regional powers are seeking to persuade the North to ditch its nuclear weapons ambitions in return for aid and security guarantees.

The latest remarks represented a hardening of Pyongyang's position since it said in a ministry statement on Dec. 4 that the North would not return to the six-party talks until re-elected President Bush had assembled his new team and Washington had decided its policy.

"Now that the U.S. is trying to shake the backbone of the DPRK, not content with hurling mud at it, the DPRK is compelled to say something to the U.S.," Monday's statement said.

"The present situation makes us deplore the fact that the U.S. administration has only those politicians who are utterly ignorant of the DPRK to handle its Korean policy," it said.

  Today's Top News     Top World News

Local legislative vote a slap on Taiwan separation



Human rights situation improved in China



Yushchenko says authorities poisoned him



Textile limits imposed to ease trade concerns



15 killed in Philippines market blast



Road accidents kill 96,870 this year


  Two candidates claim Romanian presidency
  Abbas set to win Palestinian vote, Barghouthi drops out
  U.S. strikes Fallujah; two troops killed
  Iran refuses to give up nuclear research - diplomats
  Yushchenko says authorities poisoned him
  U.S. steps up pressure for IAEA chief's departure
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  Related Stories  
Iran refuses to give up nuclear research - diplomats
Guangdong's fourth nuke plant in pipeline
4th nuke plant in pipeline in Guangdong
Diplomats: UN lacks right to inspect sites in Iran
  News Talk  
  Are the Republicans exploiting the memory of 9/11?