North Korea says can't negotiate with S.Korea's Lee
Mon Jul 7, 2008 3:31pm EDT
LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) - North Korea renewed its criticism of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Monday, accusing him of "rude behaviour" and saying he could not be negotiated with.
The North's official KCNA news agency quoted a spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland (CPRF) reacting to an interview Lee had given to Japan's Kyodo News.
The North appears to have interpreted comments made by Lee to mean that the issue of the North's nuclear disarmament ought to be discussed at North-South summit talks, despite this problem being at the centre of international six-party talks.
The nuclear issue is not thought to have been previously discussed at bilateral meetings between the two Koreas in June 2000 and October 2007.
"It is absolutely intolerable to overturn the north-south declarations ... it is rude behaviour," KCNA quoted the unnamed CPRF spokesman.
"It is quite clear that it is impossible to sit at the negotiating table with such a man."
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Writing by Matthew Jones)
© Thomson Reuters 2008
What a jerk! Forcing Kim Jong-il to face up to the realities of his situation, and the fact South Korea pretty much holds every card except the "I'm a crazy-ass motherf***er and you have NO idea what I might do next!" card.