I cannot imagine the White House could possibly fall for this ploy from North Korea:
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) – North Korea proposed high-level talks with the United States to “ease tensions in the Korean Peninsula,” its state news agency reported early Sunday.
The topics that “can be sincerely discussed” include easing military tensions, changing a truce treaty to a peace treaty and nuclear matters, according to a statement from the North’s National Defense Commission, as reported by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. It left some details — like where and when the talks might be held — up to Washington, and insisted U.S. officials should not lay out any preconditions for talks.
“(The United States should) not lose the opportunity that is laid out and should actively agree with our resolute step and good intention,” the commission said. [CNN]
The North Koreans would love nothing more than direct negotiations with the US because it validates their propaganda that the ROK is a puppet state of the US. They have also long wanted to get a peace treaty signed with the US as part of their overall strategy to separate the US from the ROK.
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