SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea has called for peace talks with the United States and an end to sanctions as a condition for resuming multilateral negotiations aimed at its denuclearization.
The North's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday that the resumption of the six-party nuclear talks depend on improving relations with the United States, and called for a peace treaty.
The statement, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, said in order to build confidence between North Korea and the U.S., "it is essential to conclude a peace treaty for terminating the state of war, a root cause of the hostile relations."
The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
Meanwhile, A U.S. envoy visiting South Korea says that the human rights situation in North Korea must improve before the country can normalize relations with the United States.
Robert King said of North Korea, "It's one of the worst places in terms of lack of human rights. The situation is appalling."