WSJ: US and N. Korea Agreed to Peace Talks Before Nuke TestVideo

Write : 2016-02-22 08:30:57 Update : 2016-02-23 12:58:47

The Wall Street Journal(WSJ) has reported the United States and North Korea secretly agreed to peace talks to formally end the Korean War before the communist state’s nuclear weapons test last month.

The report dated Sunday local time cited anonymous U.S. officials "familiar with the events." 

According to the article, the U.S. had dropped the precondition that the North take steps to “curtail its nuclear arsenal” for talks to occur, but demanded denuclearization be included in the talks. The WSJ said Pyongyang refused and conducted its fourth nuclear test days later.

U.S. State Department Spokesman John Kirby confirmed the report, but added that “to be clear, it was the North Koreans who proposed discussing a peace treaty.”

The Korean War ended in an armistice—not a peace treaty—in 1953, leaving the two Koreas still technically at war.

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