John Kerry says North Korea talks conditions ‘unacceptable’
US Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday dismissed a set of pre-conditions laid out by North Korea for talks as “unacceptable,” calling them an opening “gambit” from Pyongyang. The isolated North on Thursday responded for the first time to an offer from Kerry during his weekend visit to the Korean peninsula to return to the negotiating table in a bid to defuse heightened nuclear tensions.
South Korea rejects North’s demands
NORTH Korea has laid down rigid pre-conditions for dialogue with Seoul or Washington, which South Korea has rejected as “incomprehensible”. They include the withdrawal of UN sanctions and a guaranteed end to South Korea-US joint military drills.
Joint Chiefs Chairman heading to S.Korea
Dempsey and his counterpart, Gen. Jung Seung-jo, held a video-teleconference Thursday and reaffirmed their nation’s security alliance. On his South Korea visit Sunday, Dempsey also will meet with the senior American commander there, Gen. James Thurman.