Kim says N Korea for disarmament
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il says his country remains committed to denuclearization in a bid to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula.
In remarks carried by Pyongyang’s official media on Saturday, Kim said the North is willing to create the right conditions for resuming six-party disarmament talks.
Kim’s comments came a day after he returned from his five-day trip to China.
Pyongyang gave up on disarmament-for-aid talks last year. The move was in reaction to sanctions by the UN Security Council over North Korea’s missile tests.
Tensions have risen between Pyongyang and Seoul in recent months with the sinking of a South Korean warship.
China, which hosts the nuclear negotiations, has been pressing its ally to return to the forum. China has said that negotiations are the best way to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.