North Korea proposes high-level talks with the US on denuclearization and easing tensions on the Korean peninsula, just days after it abruptly cancelled a meeting with the South. Tension has been high on the Korean peninsula in recent months, with Pyongyang threatening nuclear attacks on Seoul and Washington. A rare high-level meeting between two Koreas scheduled for June 12 and 13 — the first between the two sides for six years — was cancelled June 11 because of disagreement over protocol. In a statement, North Korea’s National Defense Commission says it is willing to have “broad and in-depth discussions” on issues such as the building of “a world without nuclear weapons” being promoted by US President Barack Obama. North Korea adds, “If the US has true intent on defusing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and ensuring peace and security in the US mainland and the region, it should not raise preconditions for dialogue and contact.” Analysts says Washington is unlikely to accept the proposal without any concrete action from Pyongyang to move towards denuclearization — a pre-condition for any talks with the communist state.
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