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North Korea Willing to Denuclearize?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

North Korea pursued nuclear and ballistic missiles development because Washington threatens its security.

US policy has been unchanged since WW II – notably today in bipartisan hawkish/neocon-infested Washington.

On Monday, South Korean officials led by the country’s National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong and Vice Unification Minister Kim Sang-gyun held talks with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and other North Korean officials in Pyongyang for the first time since he assumed power in 2011 – day one of a two-day visit.

It’s the first high-level talks between both countries in over a decade. North Korea’s KCNA news agency said a summit between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in was agreed on to be held in April – no further details provided.

On Monday, officials from both countries agreed on continuing the thawed spirit of national reconciliation begun during the February Winter Games.

Both countries want peace, not war, Washington’s imperial agenda the obstacle, including enormous pressure on Moon not to deviate from longstanding US policy, wanting adversarial relations maintained with Pyongyang, not reconciliation and recognition of its sovereignty.

On Tuesday, North Korea’s Chung said “(t)he North made clear its willingness for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and made clear that there is no reason to own nuclear (programs) if military threats towards the North are cleared and the security of its government is guaranteed.”

A hotline between both countries will be established, both leaders to speak by phone before meeting for the first time in April.

Positive results were achieved during 2000 and 2007 summits, cooperative projects agreed on, abandoned by later hardline South Korean governments.

The problem with following through on denuclearization is Washington’s threatening posture toward Pyongyang, its provocative military exercises with South Korea and Japan the DPRK considers rehearsals for war, its longstanding history of targeting sovereign independent nations for regime change, and its history of reneging on treaties, conventions and other deals agreed on.

Every US president from Truman to Trump has been hostile toward the DPRK, none more threatening than the current administration.

It’s why Pyongyang is justifiably reluctant to deal with Washington. History clearly shows US administrations can never be trusted.

They consistently promise one thing, do then another. Betraying negotiating partners is longstanding longstanding US policy.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.