(WASHINGTON) — North Korea’s top military body issued a list of conditions necessary before any talks will take place with the United States or South Korea.
Among the conditions are the lifting of United Nations sanctions, the calling off of war games scheduled to begin next week and removal of all U.S. nuclear weapons from the region.
The demands from North Korea come days after Secretary of State John Kerry said that no talks would be held until North Korea agreed to denuclearize.
“If they had a true will to have dialogue, they should have halted all acts of hurting the dignity of the DPRK,” said a statement from North Korea’s National Defense Commission.
South Korea offered conditions for discussions last week, but the North Korean government dismissed the offer as a “crafty trick,” according to BBC News.
It remains unlikely that other side will succumb to the prerequisites set forth thus far. According to the New York Times, the White House’s policy of “strategic patience” has allowed them to remain steadfast in their demands for North Korean denuclearization.
Tension in the region have been high as North Korea has threatened attacks on South Korea, Japan and the U.S. in recent weeks.
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Lorenzo Ferrigno, CNN
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