Pyongyang Rejects Seoul's Call to Abandon Nuke Program Before Peace Treaty
North Korea has rejected the call made by its south neighbor to abandon its nuclear program before having any discussions on a peace agreement, it was reported in the media Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier, a representative of the South Korea Unification Ministry said that North Korea giving up its nuclear program must be a precondition for peace treaty talks to begin, Yonhap news agency reported.
Pyongyang dismissed the call, saying that if Washington and Seoul refused to desist with their hostile policy toward Pyongyang, any discussion about peace on the Korean peninsula would be impossible.
Under the bilateral pact between Seoul and Washington, the US has the right to support South Korea in response to a nuclear threat from a third party.
In January, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test and launched a ballistic missile a month later in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Later on Tuesday, the UN Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution that would tighten the existing sanctions against North Korea and limit the activities of several sectors of its economy.
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