Denuclearization top emphasis of S Korea's DPRK policy: FM

16:01, October 19, 2009      

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South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan said on Monday it would be "difficult" for his country to cooperate and coexist with a nuclear-equipped Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), noting that denuclearization is the top emphasis of South Korea's DPRK policy.

Yu made the remark at a seminar with foreign reporters here.

The DPRK's sincere intention to achieve advances in inter-Korean relations can be demonstrated by its sincere response to the dialogue on its denuclearization, Yu said.

Seoul is prepared to respond it actively in the event Pyongyang shows its determination to abandon nuclear ambitions, Yu said.

The South Korean government has proposed a "grand bargain" calls on Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program and complete irreversible denuclearization in exchange for a security guarantee and economic aid granted by the international community, and currently is discussing with other related nations on the issue, Yu added.

Yu also called on Pyongyang to return to the six-party talks and "take a strategic decision for denuclearization."

On DPRK's recent conciliatory gestures, including the hosting of reunions event for separated families and an official apology for an unannounced dam discharge, the foreign minister said it is too early to view the DPRK's softening gestures as signs of a fundamental change in its position.

Yu said his country will continue to seek both sanctions and dialogue to deal with the DPRK issue, noting that the purpose of sanctions is not sanctions, but is to try to bring the DPRK back to the dialogue.

On the bilateral U.S.-DPRK talks, the foreign minister said the five nations involved in the six-party international nuclear disarmament negotiations agreed that the six-party forum remains the best means to seek DPRK's denuclearization, and Washington also insisted that any substantial consultation related to the nuclear issue must take place within the six-nation framework.

Source: Xinhua
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