U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson said at a forum co-sponsored by the U.S. Atlantic Council and international exchange foundation on December 12 that the U.S. could be open to peace talks with the DPRK without preconditions. We are only going to talk if the DPRK comes to the table ready to give up its program, and the DPRK needs to earn its way back to the discussion table by refraining from further military provocations, he added.
Commenting on the fact, Rodong Sinmun on December 19 says that what the U.S. seeks in proposing talks with or without preconditions is the nuclear dismantlement of the DPRK and there is nothing changed.
The DPRK has no interest in the dialogue intermittently put up by the U.S. which is sneered by the international community for failing to mind its internal affairs, the commentary says, adding:
As the DPRK has consistently insisted, the way to solve the issue between the DPRK and the U.S. is for the U.S. to drop at an early date its heinous hostile policy, which defines the DPRK as an enemy, and co-exist peacefully with the DPRK possessed of nukes.
As long as the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat toward the DPRK are not fundamentally removed, the DPRK will never put its nukes and ballistic missiles on the table of negotiations nor flinch even an inch from the already chosen road of bolstering up the nuclear force. This is the fixed stand of the DPRK.