SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Pyongyang says the United States seeks to overthrow the North Korean system, rejecting any dialogue with Washington over its nuclear program and human rights record.
North Korea “will never allow any human rights dialogue or nuclear one with the enemy keen to overthrow it,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday through the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The spokesman, whose name was not mentioned in the report, went on to say that talks to denuclearize North Korea are meaningless because as the other party to the negotiations, i.e. the US, pursues a policy of toppling North Korea and its social system over human rights issues.
“It is self-evident that one party cannot discuss its unilateral disarming with the rival party keen to bring it down at any cost,” the spokesman noted.
Last month, North Korea’s Ambassador to the UN So Se Pyong expressed willingness to resume six-party talks on the country’s nuclear program. The negotiations, which were held until 2008 before they broke down, involved Russia, China, Japan, the US and South Korea.
The United States and South Korea have insisted that Pyongyang first show a tangible assurance toward denuclearization.
Meanwhile, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong said that the United States’ hostile policy has pressured Pyongyang to pursue its nuclear program.
Pyongyang tested nuclear devices in 2006 and 2009. It has been the subject of UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile tests.
Recently, North Korea has stepped up efforts to defuse a proposed UN resolution requesting that it be referred to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution over its human rights abuses.
A UN report released in March detailed cases of “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence.”