Pyongyang on Saturday said Japan should not attend
six-party nuclear disarmament talks after Japanese officials reportedly said
Tokyo would not recognise North Korea as a nuclear-armed state.
"It is the view of the DPRK (North Korea) that since the US attends the
six-party talks, there is no need for Japan to participate in them as a local
delegate," a spokesman of its foreign ministry said.
it is no more than a state of the US and it is enough for Tokyo just to be
informed of the results of the talks by Washington," he was quoted as saying by
Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency.
North Korea said it had decided to end a year-long boycott and return to the
six-party talks on the premise that the issue of lifting US financial sanctions
against it would be discussed and settled at the six-party talks.
Japanese leaders behaved "impudently" after Pyongyang's announcement,
asserting that "Japan cannot accept North Korea's return to the six-party talks
as a nuclear-armed state," the spokesman said.
"The Japanese authorities have thus clearly proved themselves that they are
political imbeciles incapable of judging the trend of the situation and their
"The DPRK (North Korea) has never asked Japan to participate in the six-party
talks. In fact, it was displeased with Japan's participation in the six-party
talks, but has properly treated it, taking the relations with other
participating countries into consideration," the spokesman said.
The new administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must have a lot of work
to do, he said.
"It had better, therefore, mind its own business instead of poking its nose
into the work of the talks to its inconvenience.
"It would be much better for Japan to refrain from participating in the
six-party talks and less attendants would be not bad for making the talks
fruitful," he added.
The six-party talks, which began in 2003, are aimed at convincing North Korea
to abandon its nuclear weapons programme in exchange for economic incentives and