N. Korea says nuke talks are dead, blasts 'hostile' US

SEOUL, July 23, 2009 (AFP) - North Korea Thursday described six-party disarmament talks as dead and urged the United States to drop its "hostile" policy, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported from the Thai resort of Phuket.

The agency, quoting a Korean-language briefing by a North Korean delegate to the ASEAN Regional Forum, said he attacked Washington's "deep-rooted hostile policy" and vowed no dialogue until it changes.

Ri Hung-Sik, director-general of the foreign ministry's international organisation bureau, also dismissed as "nonsense" a suggested comprehensive package of incentives in return for denuclearisation.

"The so-called package is nonsense. The current crisis is due to the US hostile policy," Ri was quoted as saying.

"The six-party talks are already dead," he said, referring to long-running nuclear disarmament negotiations involving the two Koreas, the United States, China, Russia and Japan.

"The United States must abandon its hostile policy immediately, then talks would be possible."

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meanwhile urged Southeast Asian and other nations at the security forum to enforce the UN sanctions imposed against the North for its nuclear and missile tests.

Source: AFP

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