North Korea has once again said there is no chance of them starting any negotiations on dismantling their nuclear weapons program, citing the ongoing US-South Korea military drills in the area as targeting them.
Ambassador Han Tae Song says that negotiations simply aren’t possible so long as the US retains its continuous hostile policy, and that North Korea believes it needs to retain its weapons as a deterrent force.
US officials have suggested talks on the drills would require North Korea to dismantle the program first, and North Korea says talk of te program requires the US halting the drills. This, needless to say, is why there’ve been no deals.
China is pushing hard for negotiations, and has suggested both sides offer a simultaneous freeze as a confidence-building measure to lead to talks. This has been their position for awhile, however, and so far neither side seems willing to bite on the plan.