North Korea officially proposed dialogue with South Korea yesterday, but the offer was immediately rejected. North Korean government newspaper Minju Josun has criticized Seoul for “dampening hopes for improved relations”.
South Korea offered government-level talks, but said that North Korea must admit responsibility for a series of provocations and confirm its commitment to scrapping its nuclear programme. Washington, Seoul and Tokyo say that Pyongyang must improve relations with the South and show sincerity about disarmament before talks can resume.
North Korea insists that it is sincere in wanting to improve relations after months of tensions. According to the Minju Josun, “those who question [North Korea’s] sincerity need to read [their] statement (offering dialogue) thoroughly. It offered extensive talks and negotiations with no conditions attached.”