North Korea accepts talks with U.S. but "never" about its nuclear program

Seoul, Apr 20 (EFE).- North Korea showed Saturday that it is open to negotiating a possible arms reduction with the United States, but denied any chance of discussing its nuclear program, according to an editorial in the North Korean daily Rodong Sinmun.

"There could be talks between ourselves and the U.S. about armament reduction, but there will never be a discussion about denuclearization," the state-run daily said.

The editorial said that Pyongyang's position is "clear": "Don't dream about denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula until it is carried out in the rest of the world."

The daily accused the U.S. of offering talks with Pyongyang for the sole purpose of disarming the country, and said that demanding denuclearization as a first step to negotiations is a scheme to deprive North Korea of its nuclear arms and military power.

After several weeks of North Korea threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war, the Kim Jong-un regime has referred several times to a future dialogue, which has eased tensions in the region.

The North Korean regime presented Thursday a list of conditions for inaugurating possible negotiations, which included the suspension of joint military maneuvers by the U.S. and South Korea on the Korean Peninsula, and the removal of U.N. sanctions imposed on Pyongyang in February as a reaction to its third nuclear test.

The U.S. dialogue proposal was supported by South Korea and Japan, and even by China, North Korea's historic ally.

Beijing has said that "dialogue" is the "only and best path" to resolving conflicts in the region.