UNITED NATIONS — North Korea is reportedly willing to give up its nuclear program if the United States takes what one official calls “corresponding measures,” a South Korean news agency reported Tuesday.
Reportedly, a North Korean official also threatened that the communist nation could fire a nuclear-tipped missile unless the U.S. acts to resolve its standoff with Pyongyang.
“We hope the situation will be resolved before an unfortunate incident of us firing a nuclear missile comes,” the unnamed official said, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
South Korea’s news agency quotes the official as saying that the North’s nuclear test was aimed at getting the U.S. to the negotiating table. He says the North wants to ensure its security as well as guarantee its “system.”
“We still have a willingness to give up nuclear weapons and return to six-party talks as well. It’s possible whenever the U.S. takes corresponding measures.” [More]