North Korea cancelled a meeting with South Korea, and is proposing a meeting with the U.S., but with no preconditions.
North Korea and the U.S. have not meet since 2009. According to the National Defense Commission, it wanted “serious discussions” with the US to “secure peace and stability in the region.”
While Pyongyang is now reaching out to the U.S. for serious discussions, earlier in the year Pyongyang threatened to attack the U.S. and South Korea with nuclear weapons.
North Korea has a history of attempts to provoke the U.S. and regional neighbors using threats and promises of co-operation, as seen with South Korea.
Pyongyang uses these tactics in an attempt to improve its bargaining position to obtain more food aid and fuel.
In recent years Pyongyang has not only angered the U.S. and South Korea by conducting nuclear test, but its only ally, China, was also disturbed.
Beijing co-sponsored a Security Council resolution imposing new restrictions on North Korea in their response to Pyongyang’s nuclear tests.
North Korea responded with hostile threats, disrupted communications used for emergency purposes with South Korea, and turn away South Korean workers who worked at the joint industrial park in a border city in North Korea. The Kaesong industrial park opened for production of goods in 2004 creating an unusual relation between the South and the North.
Pyongyang was scheduled to meet with South Korea on Thursday but cut off talks with them and accused the South of “deliberate disturbance” by changing the head of its delegation.
On Friday, Pyongyang requested the South change its “policy of confrontation.”
While waiting on the South’s response, The National Defense Commission on Sunday proposed “high-level talks between the North and the US to secure peace and stability in the region and ease tension on the Korean peninsula”.
The commission stated that it wanted to have serious talks on a wide range of issues, including the U. S. goal of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.
The North is willing to allow Washington to select the time and place, under one condition, no preconditions.
The National Defense Commission is under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, who succeeded his father in December 2011.
The U.S., Russia, South Korea, Japan and China have met for many years over the North’s nuclear program.
North Korea has repeatedly threaten nuclear war with the U.S. in recent months. To safeguard South Korea, the U.S. military has strengthen its presence in South Korea with flights of nuclear-capable bombers and stealth jets at the annual South Korean-U.S. military drills that have been called routine by allies but North Korea view them as invasion preparations.
When North Korea is willing to make the necessary concessions it is usually rewarded with food and fuel.
In the last meeting the North had it walked out because the UN criticized a rocket launch.
The North is now proposing talks with the U.S. after months of threats and campaigns to declare war and recently cancelling talks with the South Korea, Washington has not responded.
By: Veverly Edwards