N. Korea Threatens US at Disarmament Conference

N. Korea Threatens US at Disarmament Conference

N. Korea Threatens US at Disarmament Conference

But the North's foreign ministry said Washington's call for preconditions only reaffirms that it does not want to resume dialogue. A key unknown is to what extent North Korea may be able to go into large scale production of missile components rather than just the individual test missiles launched so far.

The statements come after the United States announced on February 23 that it was imposing its largest package of sanctions on Pyongyang, in an effort to pressure it to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"It is the consistent and principled position of the DPRK to resolve issues in a diplomatic and peaceful way through dialogue and negotiation", the spokesperson said.

Quoting an official of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's Institute for American Studies, the Korea Central News Agency said the USA was perpetrating a "preposterous fabrication yet again".

Pyongyang has long expressed its desire to talk to Washington without preconditions.

Pyongyang's latest message comes as Seoul prepares to send an envoy to the North to help open talks on easing the nuclear stand-off, the most recent development in the Olympic-driven detente between the two Koreas. Although the Japanese intelligence is still investigating the incident, the Kim Jong Un-led North Korean regime is said to be the prime suspect.

Moon, who advocates dialogue with the North to defuse tension, said on Monday that Washington needs to "lower the threshold for talks" with the North.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono also said at a press conference, "We'll make serious efforts to share information with South Korea and the United States".

The U.S. government welcomes the South-North dialogue, but refuses to negotiate with Pyongyang unless talks are premised on the North's denuclearization.

The country, which had tested three intercontinental ballistic missiles previous year, is now under heavy economic sanctions imposed by the USA and the United Nations (UN).

Trump has made it clear that the only resolution for the matter would be for North Korea, led by dictator Kim Jong Un, to completely end its nuclear missile program, but Pyongyang has said it will not negotiate by that standard.

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