N. Korea slams U.S. for disapproving of inter-Korean dialogue

SEOUL, July 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea denounced the United States for disapproving of an emerging atmosphere of dialogue on the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday as the Koreas held talks on a suspended joint factory complex.

"The mood for dialogue and negotiations is in the air thanks to the (North Korean) republic's proactive efforts to cut out the cycle of tension on the Korean Peninsula," the North's mainstream daily Rodong Sinmun said in a column. The column also added that those displeased with the rapprochement mood are the U.S. and their followers.

The column also criticized the U.S. for denouncing the North's possession of nuclear arms as a threat to world peace. "The real culprit posing threats to world peace is no other than the U.S.," the newspaper noted.

"In order to secure world peace, war risks should be removed from the Korean Peninsula which is the ignition point for a nuclear war," the newspaper said.

"To that end, the U.S. should forge a peace treaty with us and all the nuclear arms and U.S. soldiers should be removed from the South," the newspaper published by the governing party said as it raised the country's usual demands.

The newspaper column was published as the two Koreas held their third working-level talks in recent months on Wednesday. Officials from the countries met earlier on Wednesday at the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong to discuss ways to resume operations there.

The factory park, designed to combine South Korean capital with cheap North Korean labor, has remained idle for nearly three months as the North pulled out its workers in protest against Seoul's annual joint military exercises with the U.S. in March.

During their first talks to resume operations at the park, which were held last month, the countries decided to hold a high-level bilateral government dialogue, but it fell through over a protocol dispute.

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