After Iran deal, US says ready to negotiate with North Korea

2015-07-15 11:00
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting the construction site of the science and technology complex in Pyongyang. (KCNA, AFP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting the construction site of the science and technology complex in Pyongyang. (KCNA, AFP)

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Washington - The United States on Tuesday said it was open to negotiating with North Korea following this week's historic nuclear deal with Iran, a news report said.

"Progress in the nuclear talks with Iran clearly demonstrates our willingness to engage countries with whom the United States has long-standing differences," said State Department spokesman John Kirby, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The US was prepared for such negotiations with North Korea, "provided that they are authentic and credible, get at the entirety of the North's nuclear programme, and result in concrete and irreversible steps toward denuclearisation."

The comments were made after Iran and six world powers, including the US, reached an agreement limiting Iran's nuclear capability while lifting economic sanctions on the Middle Eastern country.

A deal with North Korea remains a US priority, Kirby said.

Analysts cautioned that the Iran nuclear deal would be unlikely to jumpstart negotiations with North Korea.

"I don't think North Korea is interested in such talks since its policies have been successful in building up its nuclear arsenal while moving forward with some economic improvements," Yonhap quoted Joel Wit, editor of website 38 North, as saying.

The Iran deal will also "almost certainly embroil the Obama administration in a domestic political debate over its provisions and implementation," Wit said.

Douglas Paal, director of the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said, "The two situations are not analogous."

Iran's nuclear programme was "an option, not a prerequisite for the regime's survival," Paal said, while Pyongyang's weapons' programme was central to its survival.

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