Friday, January 07, 2011

NKorea calls for unconditional talks with South

NKorea calls for unconditional talks with South
By HYUNG-JIN KIM
updated 1/5/2011 8:27:15 PM ET

SEOUL, South Korea — "North Korea called for "unconditional and early" talks with rival South Korea to put an end to months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer as insincere and said it's waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.

It's rare for North Korea to issue such a statement addressed to South Korea and it came as the U.S. envoy on the North was in the region to discuss the standoff. Earlier Wednesday, Stephen Bosworth sought to calm fears of conflict on the peninsula."

"Rare" has got to be the biggest understatement of the 21st century so far. Maybe there is hope there won't be a nuclear war.

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