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    » 11/02/2006, 00.00

    north korea – south korea

    Pyongyang to resume talks but on its own terms

    In exchange for resuming talks, Kim Jong-il's Stalinist regime expects US sanctions to be lifted and humanitarian aid to start flowing again. International community stresses that is not likely.

    Seoul (AsiaNews) – North Korea confirmed yesterday that it would return to six-party nuclear talks, but added that Pyongyang expects the United States to lift its economic sanctions and South Korea to resume sending humanitarian aid.

    According to various international analysts, the statement by North Korea's foreign ministry confirms that the "real motive" behind its provocative October 9 nuclear test was a desire to get more South Korean aid and settle the crisis generated by its alleged counterfeiting of US currency, a practice Washington had condemned.

    The first reactions to the statement have been unanimous. For South Korea, the sanctions cannot be lifted, whilst Japan said it would not end its sanctions against North Korea until Pyongyang had scrapped its nuclear programme. For his part, Christopher Hill, US negotiator at the nuclear talks, said any talks will be only about nuclear disarmament.

    But the main reason behind North Korea's decision to return to disarmament talks was its  desire to patch up its relationship with its main sponsor, mainland China, which had lost face as a result of the nuclear test and was willing to make things difficult for Pyongyang.

    The breakthrough came when China sent a high profile delegation to North Korea led by state council member Tang Jiaxuan, who delivered a personal message from Chinese President Hu Jintao to 'dear leader' Kim Jong-il.

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    13/06/2005 SOUTH KOREA - NORTH KOREA
    South Korea's Roh "very sure" nuclear talks will resume
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    22/10/2008 NORTH KOREA –JAPAN
    Pyongyang wants Japan removed from nuclear talks
    A North Korean newspaper accuses the Japanese of creating “trouble” for the six-nation nuclear talks. Tokyo wants information about its missing citizens abducted by North Korea. For South Korean president, Kim Jong-il is still in charge despite rumours about his health.

    14/12/2006 SOUTH KOREA – NORTH KOREA
    South Korean minister declares readiness for diplomacy in nuclear crisis
    The new foreign affairs minister of Seoul talked about the issue in his first official press conference. South Korea is ready to use its privileged ties with Pyongyang and Washington to try to reach a peaceful solution.

    04/10/2006 SOUTH KOREA – NORTH KOREA
    Tension grows over Pyongyang's nuclear test announcement

    Seoul, the United States and Japan have taken unequivocal stands while Beijing urges everyone to keep calm.

    16/05/2005 NORTH KOREA – SOUTH KOREA
    Seoul and Pyongyang to restart talks
    A South Korean delegation arrived this morning in Kaesong, a city in North Korea, for the start of two-day talks. It will discuss restarting the six-nation nuclear talks and humanitarian aid for the North.

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