Here we go again with North Korea trying once again to get bi-lateral talks in order to separate the US from South Korea:
North Korea’s top diplomat said Tuesday that the U.S. must “unconditionally” accept its offer for dialogue if it wants to ease tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula, saying that hostile policies by Washington against his country make war a possibility.
North Korea surprisingly offered to talk with the U.S. and rejoin long-stalled international nuclear disarmament talks last month after weeks of tension following its February nuclear test. The country also recently eased its warlike rhetoric, but has still vowed to bolster its nuclear arsenal, citing what it calls U.S. military threats. U.S. officials have coolly responded to North Korea’s overtures, saying Pyongyang must first demonstrate its sincerity on nuclear disarmament with concrete actions.
The North’s nuclear weapons program was a key topic at the 27-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, held Tuesday in Brunei, joining other hot-button regional issues such as South China Sea territorial disputes. Asia’s largest security forum includes the U.S., North Korea and the four other countries involved in six-nation nuclear talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear ambitions in return for aid.
During the conference, North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun appealed again for direct talks with the U.S.
“The U.S. must unconditionally accede to … our goodwill gesture if it is truly interested in ending the vicious circle of intensifying tension on the Korean Peninsula and safeguarding peace and stability,” Pak said, according to North Korean delegation official Choe Myong Nam.
Pak said that “a touch-and-go situation in which a war can break out anytime is fostered” on the Korean Peninsula, and that U.S. hostility against the North was primarily responsible for that, Choe told reporters. Pak said the U.S. must normalize relations with North Korea and lift sanctions against the country, saying the North Korean nuclear standoff won’t be resolved unless the U.S. changes its tone, according to Choe.
It’s unlikely the U.S. would accept North Korea’s dialogue offer anytime soon. On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry stepped up pressure on the North to abandon its atomic ambitions, saying key regional powers, including North Korean ally China, are all “absolutely united” in demanding nuclear disarmament. [Yahoo News]
You can read the rest at the link, but the long time goal of North Korea has been to negotiate bi-laterally with the US because they consider South Korea a illegitimate government. Additionally their ultimate goal with the bi-lateral talks is to strike a peace treaty with the US that would then make it difficult to justify the continued presence of US troops in South Korea. By the time US troops are gone the North Koreans believe that they will have developed their nuclear weapons to the point that they can eventually use them to coerce the South or last resort use them during a conflict to bring about reunification on North Korean terms.
The Kim regime knows that on their present course that reunification under South Korean terms is inevitable and thus removing the US security guarantee and developing their nuclear weapons is the only way they have a chance of avoiding this fate.