North Korea said Monday it wants to sign a peace treaty with the United States before giving up its nuclear weapons, and called for sanctions to be scrapped before any new disarmament talks.
The foreign ministry statement on official media was the first time the North has publicly stated its position since US envoy Stephen Bosworth visited Pyongyang last month.
"If confidence is to be built between the DPRK (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, to begin with," the North's KCNA news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.
"The removal of the barrier of such discrimination and distrust as sanctions may soon lead to the opening of the six-party talks," it said.
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