North Korea calls for peace treaty

North Korea calls for peace treaty
# 11 January 2010 11:24 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Agazade Ziya – APA. North Korea has said it could return to talks on its nuclear disarmament in exchange for a peace treaty with the US and an end to sanctions, BBC reported.

The North’s statement came as a US envoy said Pyongyang must improve its "appalling" human rights record if it wants better relations with the US, APA reports quoting BBC.

In a statement carried on North Korea’s official news agency, the foreign ministry said: "It is essential to conclude a peace treaty for terminating the state of war, a root cause of the hostile relations" between Pyongyang and the US."

The North has previously said it could return to the six-party talks on its nuclear programme, but these are believed to be the first conditions that it has set out since the chief US negotiator on the North’s nuclear programme, Stephen Bosworth, visited Pyongyang in December.

The foreign ministry statement said talks on a peace treaty could be held as part of the six-nation talks, or separately.

The six-party talks bring together the two Koreas, the US, China, Japan and Russia.
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