North Korea rejects Iran-like nuclear talks with US

China and South Korea ask North Korea to follow path of Iran in denuclearisation but Pyongyang says it is 'not interested'

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

North Korea has rejected calls from China and South Korea to start a dialogue with the United States for denuclearisation similar to the one with Iran on Tuesday, stating that its nuclear programme was an "essential deterrence" against a hostile US foreign policy.

"It is not logical to compare our situation with the Iranian nuclear agreement because we are always subjected to provocative US military hostilities, including massive joint military exercises and a grave nuclear threat," North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We do not have any interest at all on dialogue for unilaterally freezing or giving up our nukes. We are clearly a nuclear power and nuclear powers have their own interests," the North Korean statement said.

The deal between Iran and six world powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - is aimed at monitoring Iran's most sensitive nuclear work for over 12 years in exchange for immediate relief for the country from the economic sanctions which have long crippled its economy.

A UN arms embargo on Iran will remain in place for five years and UN missile sanctions will stay in place for eight years.

Following the successful outcome of the Iran nuclear talks, China and South Korea called on North Korea to follow the same path, saying the Iran deal "sent a message of hope to the world that diplomatic efforts are able to pay off."

“The facts show that dialogue and negotiation were the only correct and effective path to appropriately resolve the Iran nuclear issue, and that certain countries threatening to use force on Iran and imposing unilateral sanctions are not acceptable,” The People’s Daily said.

“It can be a positive reference for the handling of other regional hotspots, including the Korean peninsular nuclear issue,” the official newspaper of the ruling Communist party said in the commentary.

North Korea is also under heavy sanctions due to its ongoing nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Talks between North Korea, South Korea, the United States, Russia and Japan over the issue have been at a standstill since 2009.

TRTWorld and agencies