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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

N. Korea Wants Pact With U.S.

SEOUL, South Korea -- Raising an old demand, North Korea said Monday the signing of a nonaggression treaty with the United States is the only way to prevent a war on the Korean Peninsula. However, Washington has ruled out talks with North Korea unless it abandons its nuclear ambitions.

North Korea said last week it will reactivate nuclear facilities that yield weapons-grade plutonium, saying the United States had reneged on a deal to supply the North with energy sources.

South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, whose policy of trying to engage North Korea is under pressure because of the nuclear issue, appealed for a peaceful solution through dialogue.

North Korea's remarks came amid a U.S.-led diplomatic campaign to pressure the communist country to abandon a recently disclosed nuclear weapons program using enriched uranium.

Also Monday, the North accused the United States of blocking food aid after its announcement that it would reactivate nuclear facilities frozen under a 1994 agreement with Washington.

Washington said earlier this month that its future food aid to North Korea will be linked to the country's willingness to open more of its territory to international workers to monitor distribution. U.S. officials say the conditions on food deliveries are not connected with the nuclear issue.