North and South Korea
held their first talks in over two years on Tuesday, which Washington welcomed as a first step to solving the North Korea
n nuclear weapons crisis, even though Pyongyang said those were aimed only at the United States
and not up for discussion. The US State Department said Washington would be interested in joining future talks, but stuck to its insistence that they must be aimed at denuclearisation, showing that a diplomatic breakthrough remains far off. In a joint statement after 11 hours of talks, North and South Korea
said they had agreed to hold military-to-military talks and that North Korea
would send a large delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea
. However, North Korea
made a "strong complaint" after Seoul proposed talks to denuclearise the Korean peninsula. "Clearly this is a positive development," a spokesman for the US State Department, Steve Goldstein, said of the joint statement, while adding: "We would like nuclear talks to occur; we want denuclearisatio ...