North Korea on Thursday says it is ready to resume talks with the U.S. and South Korea if they end joint military exercises and the United Nations drops sanctions.
The official KCNA news agency carried the statement from North Korea’s National Defense Commission calling for a resumption of dialogue.
“The first step will be withdrawing the U.N. Security Council resolutions cooked up on ridiculous grounds,” the statement said.
“Second, you need to tell the whole world that you will not get involved in any rehearsal for a nuclear war that threatens our nation. Dialogues and war games can never go together,” it added.
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry dismissed the demands as “absurd,” the BBC reports.
“We strongly urge the North to stop making such incomprehensible demands and to make the wise choice we have repeatedly urged,” Foreign Minister spokesman Cho Tai-young said.